a combining form meaning “suffering,” “disease,” “feeling,” used in the formation of compound words: pathology.
Also, especially before a vowel, path-.

combining form representing Greek páthos; see pathos Unabridged
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patho- or (before a vowel) path-
combining form
disease: pathology
[from Greek pathos suffering; see pathos]
path- or (before a vowel) path-
combining form
[from Greek pathos suffering; see pathos]

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patho- or path-
Disease; suffering: pathogen.

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