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pathological

or path·o·log·ic

[path-uh-loj-i-kuh l or path-uh-loj-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to pathology.
  2. caused by or involving disease; morbid.
  3. caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition: a pathological hoarder.
  4. dealing with diseases: a pathological casebook.

Origin of pathological

1680–90; < Greek pathologik(ós) (see pathology, -ic) + -al1
Related formspath·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·path·o·log·ic, adjectivenon·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectivenon·path·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·path·o·log·ic, adjectivepost·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·path·o·log·ic, adjectivesem·i·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·path·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbun·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·path·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for pathological

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Historical Examples

  • Accentuated forms of pathological masochism are, however, rare in women.

  • It can hardly be assumed that all these women have a pathological heredity.

  • There is a small group of pathological conditions, however, in which this is not the case.

  • Other methods, however, may supplement the pathological one.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • He liked and admired Sumner, but thought his mind a pathological study.


British Dictionary definitions for pathological

pathological

less commonly pathologic

adjective
  1. of or relating to pathology
  2. relating to, involving, or caused by disease
  3. informal compulsively motivateda pathological liar
Derived Formspathologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pathological

adj.

1680s, "pertaining to disease," formed in English from pathologic + -al (1). Sense of "worthy to be a subject of pathology, morbid, excessive" (e.g. pathological liar) is attested from 1845. Related: Pathologically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pathological in Medicine

pathological

(păth′ə-lŏjĭ-kəl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to pathology.
  2. Relating to or caused by disease.
Related formspath′o•logi•cal•ly adv.
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