Definition of protopathic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprəʊtə(ʊ)ˈpaθɪk/


Relating to or denoting those sensory nerve fibres of the skin which are capable of discriminating only between relatively coarse stimuli, chiefly heat, cold, and pain. Often contrasted with epicritic.
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  • An alternate explanation for the finding is protopathic bias, which can arise in situations where medications are used to treat acute symptoms.


Mid 19th century: from proto- 'primitive' + Greek pathos 'suffering, feeling' + -ic.

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