protopathic

protopathic

[proh-tuh-path-ik]
adjective Physiology.
1.
noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic ).
2.
primitive; primary.

Origin:
1855–60; proto- + -pathic

protopathy [pruh-top-uh-thee] , noun
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protopathic (ˌprəʊtəˈpæθɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
2.  of or relating to such perception
 
[C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic]
 
protopathy
 
n

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protopathic pro·to·path·ic (prō'tə-pāth'ĭk)
adj.
Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.

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