A Word A Day : Pathology

Sunday, 28th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : pa-thólle-jee

1. The scientific study of the nature, origin, progress, and cause of disease

2. The processes of a disease, observable either with the naked eye or by microscopy, or, at a molecular level, as inferred from biochemical tests

3. A diseased condition

4. A condition that is a deviation from the normal


Late 16th century - French pathologie or modern Latin pathologia - Greek pathos - disease

Contextual Examples:

• Plant pathology is a compulsory subject for the Ph.D students.

• He studied a scan showing the area of suspected pathology.

• Neighborhoods plagued by a self-perpetuating pathology of joblessness, welfare dependency and crime.

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1. Pathologist: Noun

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