pa·​thol·​o·​gist | \ pə-ˈthä-lə-jist How to pronounce pathologist (audio) , pa- \

Definition of pathologist

: a specialist in pathology specifically : a physician who interprets and diagnoses the changes caused by disease in tissues and body fluids

Examples of pathologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hollimon later spent a year with the WAVES as a speech pathologist at St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2022 According to a probable cause statement, a pathologist said the boy had multiple rib fractures that occurred on at least two occasions and two brain hemorrhages, which were likely caused by someone shaking the child or blunt force trauma. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Oct. 2021 The pathologist said in a brief statement that the doctors stood by their ruling: homicide by mechanical asphyxiation. New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021 The injuries described in the autopsy report should have been investigated further, the pathologist said. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 Chronic fatigue may have several different explanations, but the virus may still play a role in some cases even after mild infections, says Hank Balfour, a pathologist at the University of Minnesota. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 An examination of Koenig's remains by a forensic pathologist determined there was no trauma and his death did not appear to be the result of foul play, the department said. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 28 Dec. 2021 Campman said that the additional testing was requested by the pathologist who performed the autopsy at the end of August 2013 and that the tests were run over the next several weeks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2021 In addition to the autopsy performed by the LaSalle County Coroner's Office, another is being performed by an independent private forensic pathologist hired by the family. Claire Colbert, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pathologist

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pathologist

pathology + -ist entry 1

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12 May 2022

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“Pathologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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pa·​thol·​o·​gist | \ pə-ˈthäl-ə-jəst, pa- How to pronounce pathologist (audio) \

Medical Definition of pathologist

: a specialist in pathology specifically : a physician who interprets and diagnoses the changes caused by disease in tissues and body fluids

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