adjective Date: 1669 1. arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause ; primary <
idiopathic epilepsy
2. peculiar to the individual • idiopathically adverb

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  • Idiopathic — is an adjective used primarily in medicine meaning arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause . From Greek ἴδιος, idios (one s own) + πάθος, pathos (suffering), it means approximately a disease of its own kind. It is technically a… …   Wikipedia

  • Idiopathic — Id i*o*path ic, Idiopathical Id i*o*path ic*al, a. [Cf. F. idiopathique.] (Med.) Pertaining to idiopathy; characterizing a disease arising primarily, and not in consequence of some other disease or injury; opposed to {symptomatic}, {sympathetic} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idiopathic — [id΄ē ō΄path′ik, id΄ē əpath′ik] adj. [< Gr idiopatheia, feeling for oneself alone (see IDIO & PATHY) + IC] designating or of a disease whose cause is unknown or uncertain idiopathy [id΄ēäp′ə thē] n. pl. idiopathies …   English World dictionary

  • idiopathic — Denoting a disease of unknown cause. SYN: agnogenic. [idio + G. pathos, suffering] * * * id·io·path·ic .id ē ə path ik adj arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause: PRIMARY <idiopathic epilepsy> <idiopathic… …   Medical dictionary

  • idiopathic — adjective (of diseases) arising from an unknown cause idiopathic epilepsy • Pertains to noun: ↑idiopathy …   Useful english dictionary

  • idiopathic — Applied to disease of unknown origin or peculiar to the individual …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • idiopathic — idiopathically, adv. /id ee euh path ik/, adj. Pathol. of unknown cause, as a disease. [1660 70; IDIO + PATHIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • idiopathic — adjective Of, relating to, or designating a disease or condition having no known cause …   Wiktionary

  • idiopathic — adj. having unknown causes (of a disease) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • idiopathic — id·i·o·path·ic …   English syllables

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