pathological

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

pathologic

play \-jik\

Definition of pathological

  1. 1 :  of or relating to pathology pathological research A pathological examination led to the diagnosis.

  2. 2 :  altered or caused by disease pathological changes in the body; also :  indicative of disease pathological symptoms

  3. 3 :  being such to a degree that is extreme, excessive, or markedly abnormal a pathological liar pathological fear

pathologically

play \-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

1656

First Known Use of pathological

1656


PATHOLOGICAL Defined for English Language Learners

pathological

play
adjective path·o·log·i·cal \ˌpa-thə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\

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

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

pathologic

\-ik\play

Medical Definition of pathological

  1. 1:  of or relating to pathology a pathological laboratory

  2. 2:  altered or caused by disease pathological tissue; also :  indicative of disease pathological lesions

pathologically

\-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pathological? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

holding stubbornly to a belief or view

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • manet-jeanne-spring
  • Which is a synonym of chaffer?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ