Definition of pathological in English:

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Pronunciation: /paθəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
(North American also pathologic)


1Relating to pathology: the interpretation of pathological studies
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  • More detailed prospective clinical and pathologic studies may assist in clarifying the etiology and pathogenesis of these disorders.
  • The clinical and pathologic findings of this study are summarized in the Table.
  • Studies looking at pathological or brain imaging data would be needed to address these possibilities.
2Involving or caused by a physical or mental disease: glands with a pathological abnormality
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  • Chronic wounds may result from pathologic disease processes.
  • We can see that the Egyptians recognized the connection between food and the cause of certain pathological diseases.
  • Careful inspection of the bones revealed distinct pathologic abnormalities.
3 informal Compulsive; obsessive: a pathological gambler
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  • But, most people with a pathological obsession with ‘race’ are not in asylums, so we must address them as a component of our everyday lives.
  • It was an obsession bordering on the pathological.
  • Psychologists and social workers define pathological gamblers as those whose gambling is persistent and out of control.
compulsive, obsessive, inveterate, habitual, persistent, chronic, clinical, hardened, confirmed, unreasonable, irrational, illogical

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