Definition of paleopathology in US English:



  • The branch of science concerned with the pathological conditions found in ancient human and animal remains.

    • ‘Some thirty students have done thesis investigations for a doctoral or a master's degree in paleopathology.’
    • ‘Most afflictions that lead to death leave no trace on bone, but where soft tissue has survived palaeopathology (the study of ancient disease) can reveal a great deal.’
    • ‘Readers who have had relatively little exposure to research in paleopathology may be surprised by just how much information the remains convey.’
    • ‘Physical anthropology and palaeopathology are also yielding an increasing quantity of data.’