pathological

adjective path·o·log·i·cal \ ˌpa-thə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \
variants: or less commonly pathologic play \ˌpa-thə-ˈlä-jik\

Definition of pathological

1 : of or relating to pathology
  • pathological research
  • A pathological examination led to the diagnosis.
2 : altered or caused by disease
  • pathological changes in the body
; also : indicative of disease
  • pathological symptoms
3 : being such to a degree that is extreme, excessive, or markedly abnormal
  • a pathological liar
  • pathological fear

pathologically

play \ˌpa-thə-ˈlä-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pathological in a Sentence

  1. He is a pathological liar.

  2. She has a pathological fear of heights.

  3. pathological changes in the body

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First Known Use of pathological

1656


PATHOLOGICAL Defined for English Language Learners

pathological

adjective

Definition of pathological for English Language Learners

  • : extreme in a way that is not normal or that shows an illness or mental problem

  • medical : relating to or caused by disease

  • : of or relating to the study of diseases : relating to pathology


Medical Dictionary

pathological

adjective patho·log·i·cal \ ˌpath-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl \
variants: also pathologic play \-ik\

medical Definition of pathological

1 : of or relating to pathology
  • a pathological laboratory
2 : altered or caused by disease
  • pathological tissue
; also : indicative of disease
  • pathological lesions

pathologically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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