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(also pathologic)
  • 1Relating to pathology.

    ‘the interpretation of pathological studies’
    • ‘More detailed prospective clinical and pathologic studies may assist in clarifying the etiology and pathogenesis of these disorders.’
    • ‘The clinical and pathologic findings of this study are summarized in the Table.’
    • ‘Studies looking at pathological or brain imaging data would be needed to address these possibilities.’
    • ‘Until now, there has been no pathologic study of symptomatic infants: the youngest patients biopsied previously had been 3 years old.’
    • ‘Microscopic images captured with digital cameras for pathologic studies have been analyzed at many research institutes.’
    • ‘The identified infants were included in the study when placental pathologic and cranial ultrasonographic data were available for review.’
    • ‘In past studies, significant pathologic findings were not found in 3 to 82 percent of such patients.’
    • ‘From here, he was awarded a New Zealand Fellowship to study pathological anatomy in the United States.’
    • ‘Our goal is to provide a framework for studying these adaptive and pathologic changes.’
    • ‘Epidemiological, clinical and pathological data from all patients treated in our institute have been recorded on a computerized database since 1996.’
    • ‘All the cases included demonstrated clinical and pathologic evidence of ischemia after chart review.’
    • ‘Clinical and pathologic data for the 84 patients studied are shown in Table 1.’
    • ‘The clinical and key pathologic features of the cases we studied are summarized in the Table.’
    • ‘They therefore act as indicators of any recent pathological state or acute illness.’
    • ‘Clinical, radiographic, and pathologic findings, including ultrastructural studies in select cases, were analyzed and correlated.’
    • ‘In the present study, clinical diagnoses substantially agreed with pathologic diagnoses.’
    • ‘It appears from our data that a single measurement of the bronchial tree reflects the severity of disease as determined by pathologic analysis.’
    • ‘The pathological mechanisms of disease progression are unclear but oxidant stress may play a role.’
    • ‘The author claims that historical, iconographic, pathological, physical, and chemical evidence points to inauthenticity.’
    • ‘The thing that separates boys and girls in academic ability is nothing to do with gender, or hormones, or anything physical, pathological, histological, or hormonal.’
    1. 1.1Involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease.
      ‘pathological changes associated with senile dementia’
      • ‘Chronic wounds may result from pathologic disease processes.’
      • ‘We can see that the Egyptians recognized the connection between food and the cause of certain pathological diseases.’
      • ‘Careful inspection of the bones revealed distinct pathologic abnormalities.’
      • ‘We define primary bronchiolar disorders as those diseases in which an isolated pathologic process is limited to bronchioles anatomically.’
      • ‘Forensic pathologists see the natural pathologic progression of many untreated diseases.’
      • ‘Because of this it can also help remove the pathological buildup of calcium associated with arthritic joints.’
      • ‘The etiology remains unclear, and the association with cardiac pathological changes is uncertain.’
      • ‘Whether these pathologic changes are associated with abnormal pulmonary function or gas exchange abnormalities awaits further study.’
      • ‘Forty-four patients were enrolled in the present study and the baseline pathologic and clinical characteristics of this group are summarized in Table 1.’
      • ‘Our study of pathological prognostic factors at presentation confirmed these findings for women with early breast cancer.’
      • ‘Animal models are widely used in the study of pathologic processes of periodontitis.’
      • ‘Haemorrhoids result from the pathological changes in prolapsed anal cushions.’
      • ‘Destruction of the alveolar walls, one of the pathologic changes in pulmonary emphysema, had been considered irreversible.’
      • ‘The following studies are examples of pathological responses in animals that were induced by exposure to UV rays.’
      • ‘But just as a workable and testable theory has evolved, important work by an international group implies potentially four pathological patterns of multiple sclerosis.’
      • ‘Elevated intracranial pressure is present in many pathologic states, including meningitis, intracranial hemorrhage, and tumors.’
      • ‘The patient continued to develop further skeletal metastases with pathological fractures and finally died ten months after the initial presentation.’
      • ‘Evidence of pathological change in the COPD diaphragm is continuing to mount.’
      • ‘However, 39,901 of the appendixes removed showed no pathologic features of appendicitis.’
      • ‘No pathological abnormalities such as serious disease or physical deformities were recorded.’
      morbid, diseased
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    2. 1.2 informal Compulsive; obsessive.
      • ‘a pathological gambler’
      • ‘But, most people with a pathological obsession with ‘race’ are not in asylums, so we must address them as a component of our everyday lives.’
      • ‘It was an obsession bordering on the pathological.’
      • ‘Psychologists and social workers define pathological gamblers as those whose gambling is persistent and out of control.’
      • ‘‘I do not understand your pathological obsession about mysteries,’ Chase mumbled as he followed after his dark-haired cousin.’
      • ‘However, in the U.S., such decisions have increasingly become pathological obsessions, as men become more and more subject to unattainable body ideals.’
      • ‘To understand causes of compulsive gambling or pathological gambling, it is useful to explore causes of impulse control disorders.’
      • ‘I think that's one of the reasons that the home run derby has become such a pathological obsession over the last couple of seasons.’
      • ‘The essential problem with compulsive gamblers, however, is their blindness to this pathological desire to lose.’
      • ‘Another limitation is that it focused on people with relatively minor gambling problems - only four of the participants were classified as pathological gamblers.’
      • ‘A score of five or more categorizes the participant as a ‘probable pathological gambler’, three or four as a ‘problem gambler’.’
      • ‘Because treatment tends to be individually focused, most family members of pathological gamblers never receive the care they need.’
      • ‘A minority will continue to become pathological gamblers.’
      • ‘Probable pathological gamblers have a score greater than 4, and were included in the present study as problem gamblers.’
      • ‘We found that our three probable pathological gamblers usually gambled with family and close friends.’
      • ‘As indicated in the literature, probable pathological gamblers in adolescence are at risk of becoming adult pathological gamblers, especially when they participate in a variety of gambling activities.’
      • ‘I think I've indulged in a pathological, chronic nostalgia over the years, which I've traced back to my childhood.’
      • ‘To check out all the other results and confirm that my pathological lying ‘issue’ is all in the past, click here and see for yourself.’
      • ‘The same schedule is in all gambling devices and it creates the pathological gambler.’
      • ‘Of course, America's critics regard the country's obsession with sovereignty and self-government as anachronistic and pathological.’
      • ‘Problem gambling and pathological gambling are well-defined psychiatric conditions.’
      compulsive, obsessive, inveterate, habitual, persistent, chronic, clinical, hardened, confirmed, unreasonable, irrational, illogical
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