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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 pathologically
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  • Ever the pathologically envious, the citizens of CEE bathed in common misery.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • pathologically or otherwise, I've been a case since before I started the blood tests.

    Mate in Two Moves Winston Marks
  • It was touch and go with me for days, I am told; yet, pathologically, I was a hale man.

  • This, pathologically, was all that was required: but psychologically the job was just begun.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Her fathers confession was pathologically caused, her mothers by her desire for absolution.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • pathologically the hearts of such persons are found to have the most enormous hypertrophy of the wall of the left ventricle.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • pathologically the heart is large, at times true cor bovinum, dilated and hypertrophied.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The character and works of that great institution must first be studied, not pathologically but sympathetically.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • Clinically and pathologically it bears some resemblance to papular eczema.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon
British Dictionary definitions for pathologically


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 pathologically



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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pathologically 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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