pa·​leo·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-pə-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce paleopathology (audio) , -pa-ˈthä-, especially British ˌpa-lē- \

Definition of paleopathology

: a branch of pathology concerned with ancient diseases as evidenced especially in fossil or other remains

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paleopathological \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce paleopathology (audio) \ adjective
paleopathologist \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​pə-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce paleopathology (audio) , -​pa-​ \ noun

Examples of paleopathology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like us, dinosaurs got sick but evidence of disease and infection in the fossil record -- a field known as paleopathology -- has been scant. Katie Hunt, CNN, "A rare disease among children is discovered in a 66-million-year-old dinosaur tumor," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of paleopathology

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paleopathology

paleo- + pathology

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The first known use of paleopathology was in 1893

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“Paleopathology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British palaeopathology \ -​jē How to pronounce paleopathology (audio) \
plural paleopathologies

Medical Definition of paleopathology

: a branch of pathology concerned with diseases of former times as determined especially from fossil or other remains

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