pro·​to·​path·​ic ˌprō-tə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce protopathic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being cutaneous sensory reception responsive only to strong rather crude stimuli

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from Middle Greek prōtopathēs affected first, from Greek prōt- prot- + pathos experience, suffering — more at pathos

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protopathic was in 1905

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Cite this Entry

“Protopathic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pro·​to·​path·​ic ˌprōt-ə-ˈpath-ik How to pronounce protopathic (audio)
: of, relating to, being, or mediating cutaneous sensory reception that is responsive only to rather gross stimuli compare epicritic
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