Definition of paleopathology in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpālēōpəˈTHäləjē/


The branch of science concerned with the pathological conditions found in ancient human and animal remains.
Example sentences
  • Most afflictions that lead to death leave no trace on bone, but where soft tissue has survived palaeopathology (the study of ancient disease) can reveal a great deal.
  • Physical anthropology and palaeopathology are also yielding an increasing quantity of data.
  • Readers who have had relatively little exposure to research in paleopathology may be surprised by just how much information the remains convey.



Pronunciation: /-ˌpaTHəˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • Most palaeopathological literature is to be found in periodicals or compiled publications of conference papers.
  • Various theories were put forth and palaeopathological specimens were used for their validation in recent times.


Pronunciation: /-jist/
Example sentences
  • As project leader, Hawass is in charge of archaeologists, conservators, paleopathologists, epidemiologists, radiologists, and physicians from around the world.
  • Archaeologists and paleopathologists have yet to find ancient bones in Israel that give indications of ‘true’ leprosy.
  • Biblical scholars agree with medical historians, paleopathologists, and medical anthropologists that so-called ‘leprosy’ in the Bible is definitely not Hansen's disease.

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Syllabification: pa·le·o·pa·thol·o·gy

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