pathology

[puh-thol-uh-jee]
noun, plural pathologies.
1.
the science or the study of the origin, nature, and course of diseases.
2.
the conditions and processes of a disease.
3.
any deviation from a healthy, normal, or efficient condition.

Origin:
1590–1600; earlier pathologia < Latin < Greek pathología. See patho-, -logy

pathologist, noun
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pathology (pəˈθɒlədʒɪ)
 
n , pl -gies
1.  the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin, and nature of disease, including the changes occurring as a result of disease
2.  the manifestations of disease, esp changes occurring in tissues or organs
3.  any variant or deviant condition from normal
 
pa'thologist
 
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pathology
"science of diseases," 1610s, from Fr. pathologie, from Mod.L. pathologia, from Gk. pathologikos "treating of disease," from pathos "suffering" (see pathos) + -logia "study," from logos "word."
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pathology pa·thol·o·gy (pā-thŏl'ə-jē)
n.

  1. The medical science concerned with all aspects of disease with an emphasis on the essential nature, causes, and development of abnormal conditions, as well as with the structural and functional changes that result from disease processes.

  2. The anatomical or functional manifestations of a disease.

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pathology   (pə-thŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The scientific study of disease and its causes, processes, and effects.

  2. The physical and mental abnormalities that result from disease or trauma.


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pathology [(puh-thol-uh-jee)]

A branch of medicine that explores the nature and cause of disease. Pathology also involves the study of bodily changes that occur as the result of disease.

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Example sentences
But right now I'm immersed in forensic pathology and criminology books.
She is applying for residency training in either internal medicine or pathology.
Worse yet, the pathology of hoarding was being enabled by this philosophy.
By definition abnormal denotes pathology.
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