a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “suffering,” “feeling” (antipathy; sympathy); in compound words of modern formation, often used with the meaning “morbid affection,” “disease” (arthropathy; deuteropathy; neuropathy; psychopathy), and hence used also in names of systems or methods of treating disease (allopathy; homeopathy; hydropathy; osteopathy).
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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British Dictionary definitions for -pathy
n combining form
indicating feeling, sensitivity, or perceptiontelepathy
indicating disease or a morbid conditionpsychopathy
indicating a method of treating diseaseosteopathy
Derived Forms-pathic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -pathy
from Greek patheia suffering; see pathos
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Medicine definitions for -pathy
A system of treating disease:homeopathy.
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