pa·​thol·​o·​gist | \pə-ˈthä-lə-jist, pa-\

Definition of pathologist 

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

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That skill—searching for signs of abnormalities—is at the core of what pathologists, oncologists and radiologists do every day. Gary Shapiro, WSJ, "Hacking Health Care: How Tech Will Drive Down Costs," 6 Dec. 2018 While local doctors and pathologists at the hospitals where the Tinning children had been taken had grown suspicious by then, charges weren't brought against Marybeth Tinning until Tami Lynne's death. Chris Carola, Fox News, "Woman who killed daughter in '80s granted parole on 7th try," 16 July 2018 Her mother is an independent speech pathologist, also in Scottsdale. New York Times, "Elizabeth Gausden, Andrew Kabatznick," 20 May 2018 While in Florida, Ms. Mulkern worked as a speech pathologist in the Manatee County Head Start/Early Head Start program. Marvin Pave,, "Marie T. Mulkern, special education teacher and advocate, dies at 92," 27 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, speech-language pathologists have said their primary concern is that excessive device use is replacing conversation and human interaction. Lisa Rai Mabry-price, M.s., Ccc-slp,, "Is technology impacting my child's social and communications skills?," 14 Mar. 2018 In 1920s Chicago, forensic pathologists were overworked and taking shortcuts. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, "The Coroner Crisis," 28 Sep. 2018 Neural networks that screen breast cancer slides aren’t designed to diagnose tumors; they are designed to narrow down a vast array of cells to a handful of suspicious areas for the pathologist to check. Hannah Fry, WSJ, "Don’t Believe the Algorithm," 5 Sep. 2018 Earlier, the famed pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu announced Clark was hit by eight bullets -- seven times from behind -- and took three to 10 minutes to die. CBS News, "Autopsy disputing police account of Stephon Clark shooting sparks anger," 31 Mar. 2018

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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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- \

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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