A student who is fascinated with the causes of disease and death might decide to go to medical school and become a pathologist.

A medical doctor who performs autopsies to learn how patients died is a pathologist. Other pathologists trace illness back to their root causes, or diagnose diseases such as cancer. When a doctor decides to to become a pathologist, her field is called "pathology." The Greek root of both words is pathologikos, "treating of disease," which combines pathos, "suffering," with logia, "study, or the study of."

Definitions of pathologist

n a doctor who specializes in medical diagnosis

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Sir Howard Walter Florey
British pathologist who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1898-1968)
Karl Landsteiner
United States pathologist (born in Austria) who discovered human blood groups (1868-1943)
Sir James Paget
English pathologist who discovered the cause of trichinosis (1814-1899)
Francis Peyton Rous
United States pathologist who discovered viruses that cause tumors (1879-1970)
Rudolf Karl Virchow
German pathologist who recognized that all cells come from cells by binary fission and who emphasized cellular abnormalities in disease (1821-1902)
aetiologist, etiologist
a specialist in the etiology of diseases
Type of:
medical specialist, specialist
practices one branch of medicine

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