path·​o·​phys·​i·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpa-thō-ˌfi-zē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce pathophysiology (audio) \

Definition of pathophysiology

: the physiology of abnormal states specifically : the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease

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Other Words from pathophysiology

pathophysiological \ ˌpa-​thō-​ˌfi-​zē-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce pathophysiological (audio) \ or pathophysiologic \ ˌpa-​thō-​ˌfi-​zē-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce pathophysiologic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pathophysiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, a picture of the pathophysiology of FND patients is slowly emerging. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 Caring for patients with Covid-19 involves learning about a single disease in the setting of rapid updates in information about pathophysiology and treatment. Susan Haas, STAT, "Onboarding during Covid-19," 6 Aug. 2020 Although most experts admit that our knowledge of the pathophysiology of this disease remains largely hidden to us, the instinct to shut down dissenting views is a strong as ever. Pradheep J. Shanker, National Review, "COVID-19 and the Need to Hear Out Devil’s Advocates," 28 Apr. 2020 This exemplifies a very good reason to ensure that whomever is recommending your cosmetic treatments has a thorough understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology of the skin to ensure your safety. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank Reacts to the Internet's Most Debated Skin Questions," 15 Nov. 2019 Although radiologists are experts at imaging pattern recognition, a large fraction of the work involves understanding the pathophysiology of disease so images can be interpreted correctly. Gary Marcus, STAT, "Advancing AI in health care: It’s all about trust," 23 Oct. 2019 The pathophysiology of migraines is complex and not yet completely understood, Dr. Green explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Caffeine Withdrawal Headaches' Are Actually Migraines," 25 Jan. 2019 Luckily, there are plenty of medications designed to help target asthma’s pathophysiology and stop your airways from freaking out. Korin Miller, SELF, "Hey, Biology Buffs, Here’s Exactly How Asthma Works in the Human Body," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of pathophysiology

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pathophysiology

probably borrowed from German Pathophysiologie, from patho- patho- + Physiologie physiology

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The first known use of pathophysiology was in 1925

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pathophysiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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patho·​phys·​i·​ol·​o·​gy | \ -ˌfiz-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce pathophysiology (audio) \
plural pathophysiologies

Medical Definition of pathophysiology

: the physiology of abnormal states specifically : the functional changes that accompany a particular syndrome or disease

Other Words from pathophysiology

pathophysiological \ -​ē-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce pathophysiological (audio) \ or pathophysiologic \ -​ik How to pronounce pathophysiologic (audio) \ adjective
pathophysiologist \ -​ē-​ˈäl-​ə-​jəst How to pronounce pathophysiologist (audio) \ noun

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