Idiopathy Id`i*op"a*thy, n.; pl. {Idiopathies}. [Gr. ?; 'i`dios proper, peculiar + ?, ?, to suffer: cf. F. idiopathie.] 1. A peculiar, or individual, characteristic or affection. [1913 Webster]

All men are so full of their own fancies and idiopathies, that they scarce have the civility to interchange any words with a stranger. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

2. (Med.) A morbid state or condition not preceded or occasioned by any other disease; a primary disease. [1913 Webster]

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  • idiopathy — (n.) 1640s, Modern Latin, from Gk. idiopatheia, from comb. form of idios one s own (see IDIOM (Cf. idiom)) + patheia, comb. form of pathos suffering, disease, feeling (see PATHOS (Cf. pathos)). Related: idiopathic …   Etymology dictionary

  • idiopathy — /id ee op euh thee/, n., pl. idiopathies. a disease not preceded or occasioned by any known morbid condition. [1630 40; < NL idiopathia < Gk idiopátheia disease or affection of local origin. See IDIO , PATHY] * * * …   Universalium

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  • idiopathy — n. disease having an unknown cause (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • idiopathy — [ˌɪdɪ ɒpəθi] noun (plural idiopathies) Medicine a disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown. Derivatives idiopathic adjective Origin C17: from mod. L. idiopathia, from Gk idiopatheia, from idios own +… …   English new terms dictionary

  • idiopathy — id·i·op·a·thy …   English syllables

  • idiopathy — /ɪdiˈɒpəθi/ (say idee opuhthee) noun (plural idiopathies) a disease not preceded or occasioned by any other. {Greek idiopatheia. See idio , pathy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • idiopathy —   n. peculiar characteristic; disease not caused by another.    ♦ idiopathetic,    ♦ idiopathic(al), a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • idiopathy — n. Med. any disease or condition of unknown cause or that arises spontaneously. Derivatives: idiopathic adj. Etymology: mod.L idiopathia f. Gk idiopatheia f. idios own + PATHY …   Useful english dictionary

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