A scientist looking through a microscope.
- A person must go to school for a medical degree plus an additional three to four years, concentrating solely in the field of pathology.
- There are also many sub-specialties in the field of pathology that a pathologists can choose to concentrate on when studying.
- Pathologists are required to be board certified in the field of pathology once they have completed schooling.
- Most pathologists choose to become either clinical pathologists working in a lab or anatomical pathologists who practice in a sub-specialty of anatomical pathology.
- Pathologists work in hospital or private practice settings, looking at samples of tissue, blood, and fluid to identify abnormal factors of the samples and make a diagnosis of a patient’s condition and the disease that is causing their bodies to behave abnormally.
Pathology is defined as a branch of medical science that studies the nature, effects, causes and consequences of disease.
Preparing to Be a Pathologist
An example of pathology is when a pathologist studies the cells removed during a biopsy to test for signs of cancer.
- the branch of medicine that deals with the nature of disease, esp. with the structural and functional changes caused by disease
- all the conditions, processes, or results of a particular disease
- any abnormal variation from a sound or proper condition
Origin of pathology; from French pathologie or Modern Latin pathologia ; from Classical Greek pathologia: see pathos and amp; -logy
- The scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences. Also called pathobiology.
- The anatomic or functional manifestations of a disease: the pathology of cancer.
- A departure or deviation from a normal condition: “Neighborhoods plagued by a self-perpetuating pathology of joblessness, welfare dependency, crime” (Time).
- (medicine) The branch of medicine concerned with the study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.
- Any deviation from a healthy or normal condition; abnormality.
From Ancient Greek Ï€Î¬Î¸Î¿Ï‚ (pathos, “disease") and -Î»Î¿Î³Î¯Î± (-logia, “study of").