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noun, plural id·i·op·a·thies.
  1. a disease not preceded or occasioned by any known morbid condition.
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Origin of idiopathy

1630–40; < New Latin idiopathīa < Greek idiopátheia disease or affection of local origin. See idio-, -pathy
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noun plural -thies
  1. any disease of unknown cause
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Derived Formsidiopathic (ˌɪdɪəʊˈpæθɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for idiopathy


1640s, Modern Latin, from Greek idiopatheia, from comb. form of idios "one's own" (see idiom) + -patheia, comb. form of pathos "suffering, disease, feeling" (see pathos). Related: idiopathic.

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idiopathy in Medicine


  1. A disease of unknown origin or cause.
  2. A primary disease arising spontaneously with no apparent external cause.
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