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pathological

or path·o·log·ic

[path-uh-loj-i-kuh l or path-uh-loj-ik]
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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for pathologically

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  • Ever the pathologically envious, the citizens of CEE bathed in common misery.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Pathologically or otherwise, I've been a case since before I started the blood tests.

    Mate in Two Moves

    Winston Marks

  • It was touch and go with me for days, I am told; yet, pathologically, I was a hale man.

  • This, pathologically, was all that was required: but psychologically the job was just begun.

    The Land of Footprints

    Stewart Edward White

  • Her fathers confession was pathologically caused, her mothers by her desire for absolution.


British Dictionary definitions for pathologically

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
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Derived Formspathologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for pathologically

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pathologically in Medicine

pathological

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