pathology

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noun pa·thol·o·gy \-jē\

Definition of pathology

plural

pathologies

  1. 1 :  the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them

  2. 2 :  something abnormal: a :  the structural and functional deviations from the normal that constitute disease or characterize a particular disease b :  deviation from propriety or from an assumed normal state of something nonliving or nonmaterial c :  deviation giving rise to social ills <connections between these pathologies … and crime — Wendy Kaminer>

Examples of pathology in a sentence

  1. the pathology of lung diseases

Origin and Etymology of pathology

New Latin pathologia & Middle French pathologie, from Greek pathologia study of the emotions, from path- + -logia -logy


First Known Use: 1611


PATHOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

pathology

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noun pa·thol·o·gy \-jē\

Definition of pathology for English Language Learners

  • : the study of diseases and of the changes that they cause

  • : changes in a person, an animal, or a plant that are caused by disease


Medical Dictionary

pathology

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noun pa·thol·o·gy \-jē\

Medical Definition of pathology

plural

pathologies

  1. 1:  the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them

  2. 2:  the anatomic and physiological deviations from the normal that constitute disease or characterize a particular disease

  3. 3:  a treatise on or compilation of abnormalities <a new pathology of the eye>



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