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definition of pathology

 is the precise study and diagnosis of disease. The word pathology is from Ancient Greek πάθοςpathos, "feeling, suffering"; and -λογία-logia, "the study of". Pathologization, to pathologize, refers to the process of defining a condition or behavior as pathological, e.g.pathological gamblingPathologies is synonymous with diseases. The suffix "path" is used to indicate a disease, e.g. psychopath.

Pathology addresses 4 components of disease: cause/etiology, mechanisms of development (pathogenesis), structural alterations of cells (morphologic changes), and the consequences of changes (clinical manifestations).[1]

Pathology is further separated into divisions, based on either the system being studied (e.g. veterinary pathology and animal disease) or the focus of the examination (e.g. forensic pathology and determining the cause of death).

ex scientific field which seeks to understand the mechanisms of injury to cells and tissues, as well as the body's means of responding to and repairing injury. Areas of study include cellular adaptation to injury, necrosisinflammationwound healing, and neoplasia. It forms the foundation of pathology, the application of this knowledge to diagnose diseases in humans and animals.

The term general pathology is also used to describe the practice of both anatomical and clinical pathology.