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Recent Examples of idiopathic from the Web
Fowler was diagnosed this year with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a chronic condition in which her body produces too much spinal fluid, causing pressure on her optic nerves and the risk of blindness.
If a doctor rules out all underlying conditions and the patient has normal hormone levels, the teen then has idiopathic hirsutism.
Tested in the experiment were five rhesus monkeys suffering from idiopathic chronic diarrhea, a common condition in captive monkeys that’s considered similar to the human affliction of inflammatory bowel disease.
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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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