Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A disease of unknown origin or cause.
  • noun A primary disease arising spontaneously with no apparent external cause.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, an idiopathic character of disease; a morbid state or condition not preceded and occasioned by any other disease.
  • noun An individual or personal state of feeling; a mental condition peculiar to one's self.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A peculiar, or individual, characteristic or affection.
  • noun (Med.) A morbid state or condition not preceded or occasioned by any other disease; a primary disease.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something idiopathic; a disease having no known cause.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any disease arising from internal dysfunctions of unknown cause

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin idiopathīa, primary disease, from Greek idiopatheia : idio-, idio- + -patheia, -pathy.]

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  • Looks like the apathy of idiots. But isn't.

    February 13, 2008