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PATHOLOGICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pathological mean? 

PATHOLOGICAL (adjective)
  The adjective PATHOLOGICAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to the practice of pathology
2. caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
3. caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology

  Familiarity information: PATHOLOGICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PATHOLOGICAL (adjective)


Sense 1pathological [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the practice of pathology

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

pathological; pathologic

Context example:

pathological laboratory

Pertainym:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)


Sense 2pathological [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition

Context examples:

a pathological liar / a pathological urge to succeed

Similar:

neurotic; psychoneurotic (affected with emotional disorder)


Sense 3pathological [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology

Synonyms:

diseased; pathologic; morbid; pathological

Context examples:

diseased tonsils / a morbid growth / pathologic tissue / pathological bodily processes

Similar:

unhealthy (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind)


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