One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or relating to the manifestation of the emotions, especially in the face. Compare pathognomy. Now rare.
2Medicine. Specifically characteristic or indicative of a particular disease or disorder; = "pathognomonic". With of, for.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Table of Hard Words. From post-classical Latin pathognomicus relating to the recognition of a particular disease from Hellenistic Greek παθογνωμικός (isolated attestation in Galen; also in a Byzantine medical writer), shortened from παθογνωμονικός.
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