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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

id·i·o·path·i·cal·ly play \-ˈpa-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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First Known Use of idiopathic

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Rhymes with idiopathic


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>

  2. id·io·path·i·cal·ly \-ˈpath-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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