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pathological

[ path-uh-loj-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl /
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adjective

of or relating to pathology.
caused by or involving disease; morbid.
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition: a pathological hoarder.
dealing with diseases: a pathological casebook.

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Origin of pathological

1680–90; <Greek pathologik(ós) (see pathology, -ic) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for pathological

pathological

less commonly pathologic

/ (ˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) /

adjective

of or relating to pathology
relating to, involving, or caused by disease
informal compulsively motivateda pathological liar
pathologically, adverb
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Medical definitions for pathological

pathological
[ păth′ə-lŏjĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to pathology.
Relating to or caused by disease.
path′o•logi•cal•ly adv.
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