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pathway

[path-wey, pahth-]
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noun
  1. a path, course, route, or way.
  2. Biochemistry. a sequence of reactions, usually controlled and catalyzed by enzymes, by which one organic substance is converted to another.

Origin of pathway

First recorded in 1530–40; path + way1
Related formspath·wayed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pathway

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  • They quite blocked the pathway, oblivious to everything but their outraged feelings.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • The world seemed to be making a pathway, of rather a highway, to Pee-wee's door.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Here is a wooden gate which opens on a pathway leading to the house.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • The wayfarer, Perceiving the pathway to truth, Was struck with astonishment.

    War is Kind

    Stephen Crane

  • Then Gor followed the Pathway to the Light, though he sealed it as you know.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin


British Dictionary definitions for pathway

pathway

noun
  1. another word for path (def. 1), path (def. 2)
  2. a route to or way of access to; way of reaching or achieving something
  3. courses taken by a student to gain entry to a higher course or towards a final qualification
  4. biochem a chain of reactions associated with a particular metabolic process
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Word Origin and History for pathway

n.

1530s, from path + way (n.). An etymological tautology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pathway in Medicine

pathway

(păthwā′)
n.
  1. A course usually followed by a body part or process.
  2. A chain of nerve fibers along which impulses normally travel.
  3. A sequence of enzymatic or other reactions by which one biological material is converted to another.
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pathway in Science

pathway

[păthwā′]
  1. A chain of nerve fibers along which impulses normally travel.
  2. A sequence of enzymatic or other reactions by which one biological material is converted to another.
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