One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Knowledge or study of the passions or emotions, especially the facial expression of them.
2The knowledge or study of the signs and symptoms by which diseases may be distinguished; a description of such signs and symptoms. rare.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Holcroft (1745–1809), writer. From patho- + -gnomy, after pathognomic.
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