One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting any disease or condition which arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.
- ‘Basically, idiopathic pericarditis is a disease of exclusion.’
- ‘Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are idiopathic inflammatory disorders of unknown aetiology.’
- ‘Psychiatric symptoms frequently coexist with idiopathic Parkinson's disease and are often underdiagnosed and poorly treated.’
- ‘Little is known about the pathogenesis of cough in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.’
- ‘Panayiotopoulos syndrome is a new idiopathic childhood epilepsy, recently recognised by the International League Against Epilepsy.’
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