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Definition: 1. the scientific study of diseases; 2. a deviation from a healthy and normal condition

Synonyms: study of disease


Tips: Pathology is derived from the Greek pathos, "emotion, passion, suffering" and ogia (ology), "study." Thus, pathology is the study of suffering, or disease. The adjective pathological may help in remembering the second meaning of the word pathology, as it means deviating from normal (mental) health. One often hears the term "pathological liar," meaning that someone lies to the point of being abnormal and unhealthy, due to a mental condition. A pathologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing disease.

Usage Examples:

Ask Carol about the disease that's killing your roses; she specialized in plant pathology in college. (study of disease)

Hundreds of pathology tests were conducted before the article was published in the medical journal. (study of disease, scientific)

Don't believe him; he's a pathological liar. (abnormal, unhealthy) adjective

I decided to specialize in pathology during my medical studies because I'm fascinated with finding cures for disease. (study of disease)

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