idiopathic

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

Definition of idiopathic 

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

2 : peculiar to the individual

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Other Words from idiopathic

idiopathically \ˌi-dē-ə-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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For the past 10 years, Dripps had struggled with spinal deterioration and had a dual diagnosis of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and ankylosing spondylitis. Janelle Walker, Elgin Courier-News, "Family of man who shot 3 officers in South Elgin standoff says he was distraught with health, financial woes," 10 July 2018 Gorham was the head coach at Sacred Heart from 2004-11 season before idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a respiratory disease, forced him to step down, and ultimately required him to undergo a double lung transplant and double leg amputation. . . BostonGlobe.com, "World Cup referees prepared to take good long look at video reviews," 13 June 2018 The most common cause of scoliosis type is called idiopathic scoliosis, meaning the cause is undetermined. Dr. Carolyn Kienstra And Dr. Alicia Morrisson, miamiherald, "Scoliosis a common condition that could require medical care," 12 June 2018 Samumed, which employs a little more than 150 people in San Diego, is conducting human clinical trials of drugs to treat cancer, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and several other diseases. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "From cancer to genetic diseases, San Diego's march of drugs progresses," 10 June 2018 Tisdale's husband, William, suffers from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a life-threatening disease that causes scarring in the lungs. Doug Criss, CNN, "The Santa Fe shooting victim worked two jobs to take care of her ill husband. Her death may end up saving his life," 21 May 2018 The finding suggested a diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri, a rare and dangerous condition of elevated intracranial pressure that is also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Rick Pescatore, Philly.com, "Medical mystery: Headaches that needed more than pills to resolve," 8 Apr. 2018 Schechter was diagnosed with idiopathic transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "Getting off opioids with medical marijuana: Patients turn to pot over pills," 29 Apr. 2018 He had recently been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, and last week underwent abdominal surgery for an unrelated issue, said his brother, Larry. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Al Swift, Washington congressman who helped pass ‘motor voter’ law; at 82," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of idiopathic

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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idiopathic

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

Medical Definition of idiopathic 

: arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause : primary idiopathic epilepsy idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

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idiopathically \-ˈpath-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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