- 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).
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- denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorderneuropath
- denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatmentosteopath
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Word Origin and History for -path
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- A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment:naturopath.
- One affected by a specified kind of disorder:sociopath.
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