pathological

or path·o·log·ic

[path-uh-loj-i-kuh l or path-uh-loj-ik]
adjective
  1. of or relating to pathology.
  2. caused by or involving disease; morbid.
  3. caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition: a pathological hoarder.
  4. dealing with diseases: a pathological casebook.

Origin of pathological

1680–90; < Greek pathologik(ós) (see pathology, -ic) + -al1
Related formspath·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·path·o·log·ic, adjectivenon·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectivenon·path·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·path·o·log·ic, adjectivepost·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·path·o·log·ic, adjectivesem·i·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·path·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverbun·path·o·log·i·cal, adjectiveun·path·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of pathologic

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Historical Examples of pathologic


British Dictionary definitions for pathologic

pathological

less commonly pathologic

adjective
  1. of or relating to pathology
  2. relating to, involving, or caused by disease
  3. informal compulsively motivateda pathological liar
Derived Formspathologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pathologic
adj.

"pertaining to pathology," 1650s, from Greek pathologikos (see pathology).

pathological

adj.

1680s, "pertaining to disease," formed in English from pathologic + -al (1). Sense of "worthy to be a subject of pathology, morbid, excessive" (e.g. pathological liar) is attested from 1845. Related: Pathologically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pathologic in Medicine

pathological

[păth′ə-lŏjĭ-kəl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to pathology.
  2. Relating to or caused by disease.
Related formspath′o•logi•cal•ly adv.
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