a combining form meaning “suffering,” “disease,” “feeling,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
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-
Disease; suffering: pathogen.


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