pathology pa*thol"o*gy (-j[y^]), n.; pl. {pathologies} (-j[i^]z). [Gr. pa`qos a suffering, disease + -logy: cf. F. pathologie.] 1. (Med.) The science which treats of diseases, their nature, causes, progress, symptoms, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: Pathology is general or special, according as it treats of disease or morbid processes in general, or of particular diseases; it is also subdivided into internal and external, or medical and surgical pathology. Its departments are {nosology}, {[ae]tiology}, {morbid anatomy}, {symptomatology}, and {therapeutics}, which treat respectively of the classification, causation, organic changes, symptoms, and cure of diseases. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) The condition of an organ, tissue, or fluid produced by disease. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Celluar pathology}, a theory that gives prominence to the vital action of cells in the healthy and diseased function of the body. --Virchow. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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