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, pathological (path'ō-loj'ik, -i-kăl),
1. Pertaining to pathology.
2. Morbid or diseased; resulting from disease.


/patho·log·ic/ (path″ah-loj´ik)
1. indicative of or caused by some morbid condition.
2. pertaining to pathology.

pathologic (path.)

Etymology: Gk, pathos + logos, science
pertaining to a condition that is caused by or involves a disease process.


↑ in WBCs–WBC count > 11 x 109/L–US: 11,000/mm3, benign or malignant. See Reactive leukocytosis, WBC. Cf Leukemia, Leukopenia.
Physiologic Follows nonspecific immune stimulation, eg intense exercise; it may be idiopathic or hereditary, neonatal, induced by heat or solar irradiation, diurnal, ↑ in afternoon, related to stress, eg pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, womanhood–↑ during ovulation and near term, ↑ during labor, ether anesthesia, ↑ adrenalin, convulsions, paroxysmal tachycardia, pain, nausea, vomiting, anoxia, exercise, convulsions
Pathologic May be due to infections, often bacterial, inflammation, severe burns, post-operative, MI, strangulated hernias, intestinal obstruction, gouty attacks, acute glomerulonephritis, serum sickness, rheumatic fever, immune disorders and connective tissue diseases, metabolism–ketoacidosis, uremia, eclampsia, heavy metals–lead, mercury, petrochemicals–benzene, turpentine, drugs–phenacetin, digitalis, black widow spider venom, endotoxin or toxoid injection, Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, hemorrhage–often into cranial cavity, serosal surfaces–pleural pericardium and peritoneum or acute hemolysis, malignancy–GI tract or hematopoietic, and Cushing syndrome


1. Pertaining to the essential nature of disease and to the physical, functional, biochemical, and immunologic changes induced by illness.
2. Morbid or diseased; resulting from disease.


Characterized by disease or the structural and functional changes due to disease. Pathologic heart murmurs may indicate a heart defect.
Mentioned in: Heart Murmurs

pathological, pathologic

pertaining to or emanating from pathology.

pathological anatomy
see morbid anatomy.

Patient discussion about pathologic

Q. what is the most accurate pathological test to identify the primary source of a cystic mass in the neck? the mass was removed. Pathologist was unable to identify the source and diagnosed the mass as a branchilogic carcinmoa (which is extremely rare, if exists at all). Therefore, I am looking for the most updated test and examinations that can be applied to blocks of the mass and determine their origin (primary source)

A. Pathologic examinaions under a microscope are the most accurate ones there are, and sometimes even they don't help to identify the cell types. I do not have any other ideas on other tests you can do, and I believe you should follow the treatment your doctors will advise you based on this diagnosis they have made.

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