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pathological

[path-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to pathology.
2.
caused by or involving disease; morbid.
3.
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition:
a pathological hoarder.
4.
dealing with diseases:
a pathological casebook.
Also, pathologic.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Greek pathologik(ós) (see pathology, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
pathologically, adverb
nonpathologic, adjective
nonpathological, adjective
nonpathologically, adverb
postpathologic, adjective
postpathological, adjective
semipathologic, adjective
semipathological, adjective
semipathologically, adverb
unpathological, adjective
unpathologically, adverb
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Examples for pathologic
  • So the jump to a new species often leads to a great increase in pathologic capabilities.
  • They all still have the same pathologic changes in the brain, as shown in the medical studies.
  • pathologic jaundice is the name given when jaundice presents a health risk, either because of its degree or its cause.
  • Diagnoses cluster together by specific physiologic mechanisms, signs and symptoms, pathologic findings.
British Dictionary definitions for pathologic

pathological

/ˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to pathology
2.
relating to, involving, or caused by disease
3.
(informal) compulsively motivated a pathological liar
Derived Forms
pathologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pathologic
pathological
1680s, "pertaining to disease," formed in English from pathology. Sense of "worthy to be a subject of pathology, morbid, excessive" (e.g. pathological liar) is attested from 1845. Related: Pathologically.
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pathologic in Medicine

pathological path·o·log·i·cal (pāth'ə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) or path·o·log·ic (-ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to pathology.

  2. Relating to or caused by disease.


path'o·log'i·cal·ly adv.
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