-path


a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending in -pathy, with the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath).

Nearby words

  1. -oyl,
  2. -pagus,
  3. -para,
  4. -parous,
  5. -pated,
  6. -pathia,
  7. -pathic,
  8. -pathy,
  9. -ped,
  10. -pede

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British Dictionary definitions for -path

-path

n combining form

denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorderneuropath
denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatmentosteopath

Word Origin for -path

back formation from -pathy

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Word Origin and History for -path

-path

word-forming element used in modern formations to mean "one suffering from" (a disease or condition), from Greek -pathes, from pathos "suffering" (see pathos). Also "one versed in" (a certain type of treatment), in which cases it is a back-formation from -pathy in the related sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for -path

-path

suff.

A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment:naturopath.
One affected by a specified kind of disorder:sociopath.

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