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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-pathy Also -path, -pathic, and -pathist.

Disease or disorder; treatment of disease.

[Greek patheia, suffering, feeling.]

Several common terms in -pathy have been imported entire from Greek and relate to feelings: antipathy, apathy, empathy, sympathy. Apart from these, the ending frequently indicates a disease or disorder (cardiopathy, psychopathy) or a method of treating a disorder (homeopathy, osteopathy). For more details and examples, see the table below.

Terms that refer to systems of treatment can have agent nouns in -path for a practitioner (naturopath, osteopath); less commonly, terms in -pathy for disorders have nouns in -path for a sufferer from the condition (psychopath, sociopath, though the former in common usage refers to a sufferer from a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour). Rarely, terms for therapists are formed in -pathist (homeopathist, hydropathist).

Adjectives are formed in -pathic: apathetic, hydropathic, myopathic, sympathetic.

Examples of words in -pathy
All word sources are from Greek unless otherwise stated.

adenopathy enlargement or disease of any gland adēn, gland
allopathy the treatment of disease by conventional means, that is, with drugs having effects opposite to the symptoms allos, other
arthropathy disease of the joints arthron, joint
cardiopathy a disease or disorder of the heart kardia, heart
enteropathy a disease of the intestine, especially the small intestine enteron, intestine
homeopathy a system of complementary medicine in which disease is treated by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease homoios, like
hydropathy the treatment of illness through the use of water hudōr, water
myelopathy disease of the spinal cord muelos, marrow
myopathy a disease of muscle tissue mus, mu-, mouse or muscle
osteopathy a complementary medicine that treats medical disorders through the manipulation and massage of the skeleton and musculature osteon, bone
psychopathy mental illness or disorder psukhē, breath, soul, mind
retinopathy disease of the retina which results in impairment or loss of vision Latin rete, net
sociopathy a personality disorder involving extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour English social
telepathy the supposed communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses tēle-, far off

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