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sympathy

 [sim´pah-the]
1. a sense of sharing another's feelings, especially in sorrow or trouble, through some mechanism of transference or an imaginative identification with the other's situation; it is a precursor to compassion.
2. an influence produced in any organ by disease, disorder, or other change in another part.
3. a relation that exists between people or things such that change in the state of one is reflected in the other.

sym·pa·thy

(sim'pă-thē), Do not confuse this word with empathy.
1. The mutual relation, physiologic or pathologic, between two organs, systems, or parts of the body.
2. Mental contagion, as seen in mass hysteria or in the yawning induced by seeing another person yawn.
3. An expressed sensitive appreciation or emotional concern for and sharing of the mental and emotional state of another person. Compare: empathy (1).
[G. sympatheia, fr. sym- + pathos, suffering]

sympathy

(sĭm′pə-thē)
n. pl. sympa·thies
1.
a. A feeling of pity or sorrow for the distress of another; commiseration.
b. often sympathies An expression of such feeling: offered her sympathies to the mourning family.
2.
a. A relationship or affinity between things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other: "Continuous measurements of ionospheric densities ... showed a variation of noon ionization in sympathy with sunspot activity" (E.V. Appelton).
b. Physics A relation between bodies such that vibrations in one body cause sympathetic vibrations in another.
c. Physiology A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.

sympathy

Psychiatry A feeling or capacity for sharing in the interests or concerns of another, often without emotional attachment to the sympathy's recipient. Cf Empathy.

sym·pa·thy

(sim'pă-thē)
1. The mutual relation, physiologic or pathologic, between two organs, systems, or parts of the body.
2. Mental contagion, as seen in mass hysteria or in the yawning induced by seeing another person yawn.
3. An expressed sensitive appreciation or emotional concern for and sharing of the mental and emotional state of another person.
Compare: empathy (1)

sym·pa·thy

(sim'pă-thē) Do not confuse this word with empathy.
Mutual relation, physiologic or pathologic, between two organs, systems, or parts of body.
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