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"patho" is from "pathos" (suffering or disease) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"patho-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "disease" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

patho- illustration Speech-language pathologists assess and treat those with speech, language, voice and fluency disorders.
patho- illustration This is the second edition of her work on illness narratives--autobiographical and biographical accounts of illness that she calls "pathographies."