protopathic

[ proh-tuh-path-ik ]

adjectivePhysiology.
  1. noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic).

  2. primitive; primary.

Origin of protopathic

1
First recorded in 1855–60; proto- + -pathic

Other words from protopathic

  • pro·top·a·thy [pruh-top-uh-thee], /prəˈtɒp ə θi/, noun

Words Nearby protopathic

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How to use protopathic in a sentence

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

    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
  • The areas of epicritic and of protopathic insensibility are illustrated in Fig. 91.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for protopathic

protopathic

/ (ˌprəʊtəˈpæθɪk) /


adjectivephysiol
  1. of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain

  2. of or relating to such perception

Origin of protopathic

1
C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic

Derived forms of protopathic

  • protopathy (prəʊˈtɒpəθɪ), noun

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