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 Martin Addison, 44, a speech pathologist, couldn't respond. NBC News, "A club nobody 'wanted to join': How Covid widows are finding support through Facebook," 1 Jan. 2021 Rafi Nova’s Smile masks, created with input from a speech language pathologist, feature a 2-by-4.75-inch clear plastic panel that lets everyone see (most of) your beautiful face. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Eight masks that make great stocking stuffers," 10 Dec. 2020 David Carr is a molecular genetic pathologist, medical director of the Division of Laboratory Genetics and Molecular Pathology at the Detroit Medical Center, and an assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. David Carr, STAT, "Dear NHS: You need a control arm for Grail’s cancer test," 12 Feb. 2021 When his pregnant speech-language pathologist came in, Arik would ask about her baby, due in summer. Star Tribune, "Fighting to live again: Shot in the head, Waseca cop endures grueling year of healing," 10 Jan. 2021 In October 2019, private forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by Epstein's brother, disputed Sampson's findings, saying Epstein may have been strangled. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Claim that Jeffrey Epstein is hiding at a ranch near Santa Fe is false," 23 Oct. 2020 Gilbert Alvarado, 37, a wildlife pathologist who studies threatened tropical frogs, earned his Ph.D. in Brazil. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Costa Rica is producing a new corps of skilled tropical biologists. But many can’t find jobs at home," 24 Sep. 2020 Rhonnie Fischman learned the art of the pivot when helping her daughter, Risa Fischman, a speech pathologist in New York, plan her wedding earlier this year. New York Times, "The Tiny Wedding of Your Dreams in 2021," 14 Jan. 2021 Tara Tuchel, a speech/language pathologist in Stillwater schools, has noticed the same thing, even among students who can have trouble with verbal language. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "Virtual learning comes with added challenges, small successes for Minnesota's special education students," 19 Dec. 2020

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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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“Pathologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pathologist

medical : a doctor who specializes in pathology especially : a doctor who examines bodies to find out the cause of death


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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