Also found in: Medical.
1. Feeling; suffering; perception: telepathy.
a. Disease: neuropathy.
b. A system of treating disease: homeopathy.
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n combining form
1. indicating feeling, sensitivity, or perception: telepathy.
2. (Pathology) indicating disease or a morbid condition: psychopathy.
3. (Pathology) indicating a method of treating disease: osteopathy.
[from Greek patheia suffering; see pathos]
-pathic adj combining form
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a combining form meaning “feeling” (antipathy; sympathy), “suffering,” “disease” (cardiopathy; psychopathy), “system or method of treating a disease” (homeopathy; osteopathy).
[< Greek -patheia, n. derivative of -pathēs suffering from (the thing specified), adj. derivative of páthos suffering]
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