idiopathy


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id·i·op·a·thy

 (ĭd′ē-ŏp′ə-thē)
n.
1. A disease of unknown origin or cause.
2. A primary disease arising spontaneously with no apparent external cause.

[New Latin idiopathīa, primary disease, from Greek idiopatheia : idio-, idio- + -patheia, -pathy.]

idiopathy

(ˌɪdɪˈɒpəθɪ)
n, pl -thies
(Pathology) any disease of unknown cause
idiopathic adj

idiopathy

a disease or illness that is not occasioned or preceded by another. — idiopathic, adj.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idiopathy - any disease arising from internal dysfunctions of unknown cause
disorder, upset - a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
Translations

id·i·op·a·thy

n. idiopatía, enfermedad espontánea o de origen desconocido.
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To be idiomatic or idiosyncratic is to be peculiar, to be the single member of a set, which chimes with the early modern English use of 'idiopathy' to signify a hypothesised unique or private sensation (distinct from its current medical usage as describing a disease with an unknown cause) as well as the idios kosmos spoken of in fragment 89 of Heraclitus, which Kahn translates as follows: 'The world of the waking is one and shared, but ...