Definition of patho-

: pathological state : disease pathogen

History and Etymology for patho-

borrowed from Greek, combining form from páthos "experience, misfortune, emotion, condition" — more at pathos

Note: The use of compounds and derivatives of Greek páthos in the sense "disease" appears to date from Galen and other Greek medical writers of the 2nd century A.D. Note Galen's tò pathologikòn méros as a name for the science that deals with disease.

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“Patho-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patho-. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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