Definition of Idiopathic

1. Adjective. (of diseases) arising from an unknown cause. "Idiopathic epilepsy"

Partainyms: Idiopathy

Definition of Idiopathic

1. a. Pertaining to idiopathy; characterizing a disease arising primarily, and not in consequence of some other disease or injury; -- opposed to symptomatic, sympathetic, and traumatic.

Definition of Idiopathic

1. Adjective. (pathology) Of, relating to, or designating a disease or condition having no known cause. ¹

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Definition of Idiopathic

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Medical Definition of Idiopathic

1. Of the nature of an idiopathy, self originated, of unknown causation. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Idiopathic

idiomuscular contraction
idionodal rhythm
idiopathic (current term)
idiopathic aldosteronism
idiopathic bilateral vestibulopathy
idiopathic bone cavity
idiopathic bradycardia
idiopathic cardiomyopathy
idiopathic disease
idiopathic disorder
idiopathic epilepsy
idiopathic fibrous hyperplasia
idiopathic fibrous mediastinitis
idiopathic fibrous retroperitonitis
idiopathic gout
idiopathic hemochromatosis

Literary usage of Idiopathic

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1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"It seems just to infer that the cell-degenerations that sooner or later occur in cases of idiopathic epilepsy, follow the bad habit of the cell referred to, ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"These conditions may be conveniently divided into two great groups: (1) "idiopathic" diabetes insipidus, duo to a functional disturbance of the kidneys that ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"A congenital idiopathic type exists. CASE REPORT. Various studies on a case of the idiopathic type which died in spite of eleven transfusions of blood are ..."

4. The Principles and Practice of Dermatology: Designed for Students and by William Allen Pusey (1907)
"Occasionally idiopathic roseola is well defined and as widely distributed as the eruptions of measles and scarlet fever, and closely simulates in its ..."

5. A Text-book of Practical Medicine: With Particular Reference to Physiology by Felix von Niemeyer (1883)
"The harmless course usually taken by the disease makes it probable that idiopathic cramps of the extremities are due to trifling and transient lesions of ..."

6. Treatise on Diseases of the Skin for the Use of Advanced Students and by Henry Weightman Stelwagon (1914)
"Symptomatic or consecutive patch atrophy, sometimes presenting a clinical analogy to idiopathic atrophie macules, is observed in certain skin diseases, ..."

7. Diseases of the Skin by Richard Lightburn Sutton (1919)
"DIFFUSE idiopathic ATROPHY OF THE SKIN. Synonyms. ... According to Irvine, Buchwald was the first to describe an authentic case of idiopathic ..."

8. Manual of Antenatal Pathology and Hygiene: The Foetus by John William Ballantyne (1902)
"THE so-called idiopathic diseases of the fœtus constitute a large, but, as I believe, a diminishing group of antenatal maladies. As more accurate knowledge ..."

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