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a combining form meaning “suffering,” “disease,” “feeling,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, path-.
Compare -path, -pathia, -pathic, -pathy.
Origin of patho-
combining form representing Greek páthos; see pathos Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for patho-


combining form
disease: pathology
Word Origin
from Greek pathos suffering; see pathos
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Word Origin and History for patho-

before vowels path-, word-forming element meaning "Suffering, disease," from Greek patho-, comb. form of pathos "suffering, disease" (see pathos).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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patho- in Medicine

patho- or path-
Disease; suffering: pathogen.

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