from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or designating a disease having no known cause.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, relating to, or designating a disease or condition having no known cause.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to idiopathy; characterizing a disease arising primarily, and not in consequence of some other disease or injury; -- opposed to
symptomatic, sympathetic, and traumatic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In pathology, of or pertaining to a primary morbid state; not secondary or arising from any other disease: as, an idiopathic affection: opposed to symptomatic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of diseases) arising from an unknown cause
The word idiopathic in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis means no one knows what causes the disease.
Annoyingly for some people, no actual cause can be found - this is known as idiopathic rhinitis and is more difficult to treat.
Medically, it is 'idiopathic' - which means that it arises spontaneously, from an unknown cause.
Pseudotumor cerebri, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension or benign intracranial hypertension, was the latest disease a blog reader was 100 percent completely sure was the cause of my headache.
Left-Handedness May Come From Toes A study of young children who walk on their toes for no apparent reason, known as idiopathic toe walking, found a significantly higher preference for left-handedness in the toe-walkers than normal-gait children, according to a report in Acta Paediatrica.
However, most of the drug's sales were to doctors who used it "off label" to treat a different fatal lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
The lead Stromedix candidate, known as STX-100, is currently aimed at an almost-always-fatal condition known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis that involves scarring in the lung and impedes breathing.
InterMune is seeking FDA approval for a drug, pirfenidone, which was developed to treat a lung condition known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
On top of the asthma and allergies, I'd contracted a blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
InterMune Inc. said a panel from the European medicines regulator gave a positive opinion on its application to market its pirfenidone treatment for the fatal condition known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
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