The character used to separate elements of a path or pathname. Under Unix and POSIX.1 compliant systems the pathname separator is the (forward) slash, in MS-DOS backslash serves the same purpose. For obvious reasons the no directory or file name can contain this character.
1. a combining form meaning “suffering,” “disease,” “feeling,” used in the formation of compound words: pathology. combining form 1. disease: pathology before vowels path-, word-forming element meaning “Suffering, disease,” from Greek patho-, comb. form of pathos “suffering, disease” (see pathos). patho- or path- pref. Disease; suffering: pathogen.
pathobiology path·o·bi·ol·o·gy (pāth’ō-bī-ŏl’ə-jē) n. The study or practice of pathology with greater emphasis on the biological than on the medical aspects.
pathoclisis path·o·clis·is (pāth’ə-klĭs’ĭs) n.
[path-uh-kyoo r] /ˈpæθ əˌkyʊər/ noun 1. Psychiatry. cessation of a neurosis with the appearance of an organic disease.