pathology

[ puh-thol-uh-jee ]
/ pəˈθɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural pa·thol·o·gies.

the science or the study of the origin, nature, and course of diseases.
the conditions and processes of a disease.
any deviation from a healthy, normal, or efficient condition.

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Origin of pathology

1590–1600; earlier pathologia < Latin < Greek pathología. See patho-, -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM pathology

pa·thol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pathology

pathology
/ (pəˈθɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin, and nature of disease, including the changes occurring as a result of disease
the manifestations of disease, esp changes occurring in tissues or organs
any variant or deviant condition from normal

Derived forms of pathology

pathologist, noun
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Medical definitions for pathology

pathology
[ pă-thŏlə-jē ]

n.

The medical science concerned with all aspects of disease with an emphasis on the essential nature, causes, and development of abnormal conditions, as well as with the structural and functional changes that result from disease processes.
The anatomical or functional manifestations of a disease.
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Scientific definitions for pathology

pathology
[ pə-thŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of disease and its causes, processes, and effects.
The physical and mental abnormalities that result from disease or trauma.
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Cultural definitions for pathology

pathology
[ (puh-thol-uh-jee) ]

A branch of medicine that explores the nature and cause of disease. Pathology also involves the study of bodily changes that occur as the result of disease.

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