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[path-uh-loj-i-kuh l or path-uh-loj-ik] /ˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or ˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪk/
of or relating to pathology.
caused by or involving disease; morbid.
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition:
a pathological hoarder.
dealing with diseases:
a pathological casebook.
Origin of pathological
1680-90; < Greek pathologik(ós) (see pathology, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
pathologically, adverb
nonpathologic, adjective
nonpathological, adjective
nonpathologically, adverb
postpathologic, adjective
postpathological, adjective
semipathologic, adjective
semipathological, adjective
semipathologically, adverb
unpathological, adjective
unpathologically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pathological
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  • Accentuated forms of pathological masochism are, however, rare in women.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It can hardly be assumed that all these women have a pathological heredity.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • 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


of or relating to pathology
relating to, involving, or caused by disease
(informal) compulsively motivated: a pathological liar
Derived Forms
pathologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pathological

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.

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pathological in Medicine

pathological path·o·log·i·cal (pāth'ə-lŏj'ĭ-kəl) or path·o·log·ic (-ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to pathology.

  2. Relating to or caused by disease.

path'o·log'i·cal·ly adv.
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