pathology

noun pa·thol·o·gy \ pə-ˈthä-lə-jē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pathology

plural pathologies
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 pneumonia
b : deviation from propriety or from an assumed normal state of something nonliving or nonmaterial
  • the pathology of wine
c : deviation giving rise to social ills
  • connections between these pathologies … and crime
  • —Wendy Kaminer
  • social pathology

Examples of pathology in a Sentence

  1. the pathology of lung diseases

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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


PATHOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

pathology

noun

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

noun pa·thol·o·gy \ -jē \

medical Definition of pathology

plural pathologies
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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