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protopathic

[proh-tuh-path-ik] /ˌproʊ təˈpæθ ɪk/
adjective, Physiology
1.
noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic).
2.
primitive; primary.
Origin of protopathic
1855-1860
1855-60; proto- + -pathic
Related forms
protopathy
[pruh-top-uh-thee] /prəˈtɒp ə θi/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the Web for protopathic
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  • protopathic sensibility is lost over an area which varies in different cases.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • protopathic and epicritic sensibility are lost over the radial side of the forearm.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Deep sensibility is usually lost over an area almost as extensive as that of protopathic insensibility.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for protopathic

protopathic

/ˌprəʊtəˈpæθɪk/
adjective (physiol)
1.
of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
2.
of or relating to such perception
Derived Forms
protopathy (prəʊˈtɒpəθɪ) noun
Word Origin
C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic
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protopathic in Medicine

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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