pathway

noun

path·​way ˈpath-ˌwā How to pronounce pathway (audio)
ˈpäth-
1
2
: a line of communication over interconnecting neurons extending from one organ or center to another
also : a network of interconnecting neurons along which a nerve impulse travels
3
: the sequence of usually enzyme-catalyzed reactions by which one substance is converted into another
metabolic pathways

Example Sentences

We walked along a winding pathway. we parked our car near a rambling pathway that led down to the pond
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pathway was in the 15th century

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“Pathway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pathway. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

pathway

noun
path·​way ˈpath-ˌwā How to pronounce pathway (audio)
ˈpȧth-
: path

Medical Definition

pathway

noun
1
: a line of communication over interconnecting neurons extending from one organ or center to another
also : a network of interconnecting neurons along which a nerve impulse travels
2
: the sequence of usually enzyme-catalyzed reactions by which one substance is converted into another
metabolic pathways

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