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Definition of Idiopathic

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having unknown causes (of a disease); that is peculiar exclusively to the individual
Idiopathic Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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\id`i*o*path"ic\ (?), idiopathical \id`i*o*path"ic*al\ (?), ] a. [cf. f. idiopathique.] (med.) pertaining to idiopathy; characterizing a disease arising primarily, and not in consequence of some other disease or injury; -- opposed to symptomatic, sympathetic, and traumatic. -- id`i*o*path"ic*al*ly , adv.
adj : (of diseases) arising from an unknown cause; "idiopathic epilepsy"

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 idiopathic disease 
 idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura 
 idiopathic hemochromatosis 
WordNet 2.0

1. (of diseases) arising from an unknown cause; "idiopathic epilepsy"
(pertainym) idiopathic disease, idiopathic disorder, idiopathy
Idiopathic Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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An idiopathy is any disease with unknown pathogenesis or apparently origin. From Greek ἴδιος idios "one's own" and πάθος pathos "suffering", idiopathy means approximately "a disease of its own kind". For some medical conditions, one or more causes are somewhat understood, but in a certain percentage of people with the condition, the cause may not be readily apparent or characterized. In these cases, the origin of the condition is said to be idiopathic. With some other medical conditions, the root cause for a large percentage of all cases have not been established—for example, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis or ankylosing spondylitis; the majority of these cases are deemed idiopathic. With other conditions, idiopathic cases account for only a small percentage (for example, pulmonary fibrosis).

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