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a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -pathy: psychopathic.
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Origin of -pathic

From New Latin; see origin at -pathy, -ic
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What does -pathic mean?

The combining form -pathic is used like a suffix to denote an adjective related to nouns that end in -pathy, which can mean variously “disease,” “suffering,” or “treatment of disease.” The form -pathic is specifically used to mean “diseased.” It is often used in medical terms, especially in pathology.

The form -pathic ultimately comes from Greek pátheia, meaning “suffering” or “feeling.” The form is combined with the suffix -ic, from Latin -icus, which is used to denote an adjective.

What are variants of -pathic?

While -path doesn’t have any immediate variants, it is closely related to three other combining forms, -path, -pathia, and -pathy. Want to know more? Check out our Words That Use entries for all three forms.

Examples of -pathic

One example of a term that you may be familiar with that features the form -pathic is sociopathic, “having the traits of or relating to a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.”

The form socio- has a variety of meanings, including “social” and “society.” The form -pathic roughly means “diseased,” so sociopathic literally means “socially diseased.”

What are some words that use the combining form -pathic?

What are some other forms that -pathic may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form cyto- means “cell.” With this in mind, what does the pathological term cytopathic refer to?

How to use -pathic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for -pathic

/ (ˈpæθɪk) /

a catamite
a person who suffers; victim
of or relating to a catamite
of or relating to suffering

Word Origin for pathic

C17: via Latin from Greek pathikos passive; see pathos
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