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protopathic

[proh-tuh-path-ik]
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adjective Physiology.
  1. noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic).
  2. primitive; primary.

Origin of protopathic

First recorded in 1855–60; proto- + -pathic
Related formspro·top·a·thy [pruh-top-uh-thee] /prəˈtɒp ə θi/, noun
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Examples from the Web for protopathic

Historical Examples

  • Protopathic and epicritic sensibility are lost over the radial side of the forearm.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • Deep sensibility is usually lost over an area almost as extensive as that of protopathic insensibility.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • Protopathic sensibility is lost over an area which varies in different cases.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles


British Dictionary definitions for protopathic

protopathic

adjective physiol
  1. of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
  2. of or relating to such perception
Derived Formsprotopathy (prəʊˈtɒpəθɪ), noun

Word Origin

C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic
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protopathic in Medicine

protopathic

(prō′tə-păthĭk)
adj.
  1. Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.
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