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Related to protopathy: epicritic, Protopathic Pain


Sensing pain, pressure, heat, or cold in a nonspecific manner, usually without localizing the stimulus. Used especially of certain sensory nerves.

[From Medieval Greek prōtopathēs, affected first, from Greek prōtopathein, to feel first : prōto-, proto- + pathos, experience, feeling.]

pro·top′a·thy (-tŏp′ə-thē) n.


1. (Physiology) of or relating to a sensory nerve that perceives only coarse stimuli, such as pain
2. (Physiology) of or relating to such perception
[C20: from proto- + Greek pathos suffering, disease + -ic]
protopathy n


(ˌproʊ təˈpæθ ɪk)

of or pertaining to neurons that sense only general areas of pain, heat, or cold.
pro•top•a•thy (prəˈtɒp ə θi) n.
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Operation technique: It is possible that the omentum or intestinal tissue was injured by the operation technique during the previous surgery, which could lead to inflammation, effusion or other protopathy. In turn, this could cause adhesion to the parietal peritoneum.
I propose that the suffering of God in relation to the cosmos may be understood in terms of transcendent sympathy, incarnate empathy, and immanent protopathy and support this proposal by outlining the pastoral efficacy of such a differentiation.
This is a suffering described as protopathy and is defined as a primary suffering that is immediately produced, not consequent to or produced by another's suffering.