Definition of protopathic in English:

Share this entry

protopathic

Pronunciation: /ˌprəʊtə(ʊ)ˈpaθɪk/

adjective

Physiology
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.
Example sentences
  • An alternate explanation for the finding is protopathic bias, which can arise in situations where medications are used to treat acute symptoms.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: proto|path¦ic

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.