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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences. Also called pathobiology.
  • n. The anatomic or functional manifestations of a disease: the pathology of cancer.
  • n. A departure or deviation from a normal condition: "Neighborhoods plagued by a self-perpetuating pathology of joblessness, welfare dependency, crime” ( Time).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of medicine concerned with the study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.
  • n. Any deviation from a healthy or normal condition; abnormality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science which treats of diseases, their nature, causes, progress, symptoms, etc.
  • n. The condition of an organ, tissue, or fluid produced by disease.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of diseases; the sum of scientific knowledge concerning disease, its origin, its various physiological and anatomical features, and its causative relations.
  • n. The totality of the morbid conditions and processes in a disease.
  • n. A discourse on disease.
  • n. The science of the feelings, passions, and emotions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
  • n. any deviation from a healthy or normal condition

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek πάθος (pathos, "suffering") and -λογία (-logia, "study of"). (Wiktionary)

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