Definition of idiopathy in English:


Syllabification: id·i·op·a·thy
Pronunciation: /ˌidēˈäpəTHē

noun (plural idiopathies)

  • A disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.
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    • It arises out of employment even though the fall had its origin in the idiopathy of the employee.
    • Maintenance of chaotic nature also leads to the treatment and the prevention of mind, nerve or immune related diseases or periodic idiopathy.


late 17th century: from modern Latin idiopathia, from Greek idiopatheia, from idios 'own, private' + -patheia 'suffering'.

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