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idiopathic

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adjective id·i·o·path·ic \ˌi-dē-ə-ˈpa-thik\

Definition of idiopathic

  1. 1 :  arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause :  primary <idiopathic epilepsy>

  2. 2 :  peculiar to the individual

idiopathically

play \-ˈpa-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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Idiopathic joins the combining form "idio-" (from Greek idios, meaning "one's own" or "private") with "-pathic," a form that suggests the effects of disease. The combining form "idio-" is typically found in technical terms. Examples include idiographic, meaning "relating to or dealing with something concrete, individual, or unique;" idiolect, meaning "the language or speech pattern of one individual at a particular period of life;" and idiotype, meaning "the molecular structure and conformation of an antibody that confers its antigenic specificity." A more common "idio-" word is "idiosyncrasy," which most commonly refers to an unusual way in which a person behaves or thinks, or to an unusual part or feature of something.

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Medical Dictionary

idiopathic

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adjective id·io·path·ic \ˌid-ē-ə-ˈpath-ik\

Medical Definition of idiopathic

  1. :  arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause :  primary <idiopathic epilepsy> <idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura>

idiopathically

\-ˈpath-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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