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[ proh-tuh-path-ik ]
/ ˌproʊ təˈpæθ ɪk /

adjective Physiology.

noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic).
primitive; primary.

Nearby words

proton-proton chain, proton-pump inhibitor, protonema, protonic, protonotary, protopathic, protopathic sensibility, protopathy, protopectin, protophilic, protophloem

Origin of protopathic

First recorded in 1855–60; proto- + -pathic
Related formspro·top·a·thy [pruh-top-uh-thee] /prəˈtɒp ə θi/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for protopathic

  • Protopathic and epicritic sensibility are lost over the radial side of the forearm.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Deep sensibility is usually lost over an area almost as extensive as that of protopathic insensibility.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Protopathic sensibility is lost over an area which varies in different cases.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for protopathic


/ (ˌprəʊtəˈpæθɪk) /

adjective physiol

of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
of or relating to such perception
Derived Formsprotopathy (prəʊˈtɒpəθɪ), noun

Word Origin for protopathic

C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for protopathic


[ prō′tə-păthĭk ]


Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.
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