Definition of pathology
1 : the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them studied plant pathology
2 : something abnormal:a : the structural and functional deviations from the normal that constitute disease or characterize a particular disease the pathology of pneumoniab : deviation from propriety or from an assumed normal state of something nonliving or nonmaterial the pathology of winec : deviation giving rise to social ills connections between these pathologies … and crime — Wendy Kaminer social pathology
Examples of pathology in a Sentence
the pathology of lung diseases
Recent Examples of pathology from the Web
For decades, most movement conservatives either liked Fox News and right-wing talk radio, or persuaded themselves that their excesses and pathologies didn’t matter.
This question and answer article about the autism clinical trial led by Robert Naviaux, professor of genetics in the departments of medicine, pediatrics and pathology of the University of California San Diego, was provided by the university.
Horton’s C.T.E. was at stage 3 or 4, according to Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System and a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine.
While working at a pathology laboratory in Reno, Cornwell tried out for the Reno Bighorns (NBA Development League) dance team at the suggestion of a friend; Cornwell wanted something to do in her free time.
R.U. Sirius: Most — or maybe all — of the symptoms of present shock are viewed as pathologies.
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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
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 Definition of pathology
1: the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them
2: the anatomic and physiological deviations from the normal that constitute disease or characterize a particular disease
3: a treatise on or compilation of abnormalities a new pathology of the eye
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