Meaning of idiopathy in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɪdɪˈɒpəθi/


  • A disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.

    ‘It arises out of employment even though the fall had its origin in the idiopathy of the employee.’
    • ‘Maintenance of chaotic nature also leads to the treatment and the prevention of mind, nerve or immune related diseases or periodic idiopathy.’


Mid 17th century from French idiopathie or its source modern Latin idiopathia, from Greek idiopatheia, from idios ‘own, private’ + -patheia ‘suffering’.