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[puh-thol-uh-jee] /pəˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun, plural pathologies.
the science or the study of the origin, nature, and course of diseases.
the conditions and processes of a disease.
any deviation from a healthy, normal, or efficient condition.
Origin of pathology
1590-1600; earlier pathologia < Latin < Greek pathología. See patho-, -logy
Related forms
pathologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pathology
  • 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.
  • Some critics extrapolate a national pathology that goes beyond conservation.
  • And a number of them can be used to provide insight into the underlying pathology of a disease.
  • His speech pathology comes directly from his father.
  • Lying just for the fun of it is either art or pathology.
  • The researchers all work in the school's pathology department and use mice to study the immune system.
  • This degree of pathology is significantly more serious than that found in those who suffer brain damage as adults.
British Dictionary definitions for pathology


noun (pl) -gies
the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin, and nature of disease, including the changes occurring as a result of disease
the manifestations of disease, esp changes occurring in tissues or organs
any variant or deviant condition from normal
Derived Forms
pathologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for pathology

"science of diseases," 1610s, from French pathologie (16c.), from medical Latin pathologia "study of disease," from Greek pathos "suffering" (see pathos) + -logia "study" (see -logy). In reference to the study of abnormal mental conditions from 1842. Ancient Greek pathologia was "study of the passions;" the Greek word for "science of diseases" was pathologike ("pathologics").

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pathology in Medicine

pathology pa·thol·o·gy (pā-thŏl'ə-jē)

  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 in Science
  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 in Culture
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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