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pathological

Syllabification: path·o·log·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌpaTHəˈläjək(ə)l
 
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(also pathologic)

Definition of pathological in English:

adjective

1Of or relating to pathology: the interpretation of pathological studies
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease: pathological changes associated with senile dementia
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
morbid, diseased
1.2 informal Compulsive; obsessive: a pathological gambler
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
compulsive, obsessive, inveterate, habitual, persistent, chronic, hardened, confirmed

Derivatives

pathologically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • In contrast to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is defined in physiologic terms, emphysema is defined pathologically.
  • If so, asthma could become COPD not only functionally but also pathologically.
  • A limitation of our study is the fact that only 10 of the 16 pathologically malignant lymph nodes had evidence of hTERT.

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