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1. A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment: naturopath.
2. One affected by a specified kind of disorder: sociopath.
[Back-formation from -pathy.]
n combining form
1. (Pathology) denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorder: neuropath.
2. (Medicine) denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatment: osteopath.
[back formation from -pathy]
n., pl. paths (patz, pätz, paths, päths).
1. a way beaten or trodden by the feet of persons or animals.
2. a narrow walk or way: a bicycle path.
3. a route or course along which something moves: the path of a hurricane.
4. a course of action, conduct, or procedure: the path of righteousness.
5. (in some computer operating systems)
a. a listing of the route through directories and subdirectories that locates and thereby names a specific file or program on a disk drive.
b. the currently active list of all such routes that tells the operating system where to find programs, enabling a user to run them from other directories.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English pæth; c. Old Frisian path, pad, Old High German phad (German Pfad)]
a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending in -pathy, with the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath).