Denoting a supposedly primitive set or system of peripheral sensory nerve fibers conducting a low order of pain and temperature sensibility that is poorly localized. Cf.:epicritic. [proto- + G. pathos, suffering]

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pro·to·path·ic .prōt-ə-'path-ik adj of, relating to, being, or mediating cutaneous sensory reception that is responsive only to rather gross stimuli compare EPICRITIC

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describing the ability to perceive only strong stimuli of pain, heat, etc. Compare epicritic.

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pro·to·path·ic (pro″to-pathґik) [proto- + path- + -ic] affected first; pertaining to sensing of stimuli in a nonspecific, usually nonlocalized, manner. See protopathic sensibility, under sensibility.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • protopathic — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|pathik adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary protopath (from Middle Greek prōtopathēs affected first, from Greek prōt prot + pathēs from pathos experience, suffering) + ic more at pathos 1. of cuta …   Useful english dictionary

  • protopathic — adjective a) Relating to a sensory nerve that detects the presence of a stimulus without determining its location. b) Relating to first symptoms of a disease, as in the sense of protopathic bias …   Wiktionary

  • protopathic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Middle Greek prōtopathēs affected first, from Greek prōt prot + pathos experience, suffering more at pathos Date: 1905 of, relating to, or being cutaneous sensory reception responsive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • protopathic — protopathy /preuh top euh thee/, n. /proh teuh path ik/, adj. Physiol. 1. noting or pertaining to a general, nondiscriminating responsiveness to pain or temperature stimuli (opposed to epicritic). 2. primitive; primary. [1855 60; PROTO + PATHIC]… …   Universalium

  • protopathic — adj. primitive, primordial, primary; pertaining to general responsiveness to pain and temperature stimuli (Physiology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • protopathic — pro·to·path·ic …   English syllables

  • protopathic — adj. describing the ability to perceive only strong stimuli of pain, heat, etc. Compare: epicritic …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • protopathic — pro•to•path•ic [[t]ˌproʊ təˈpæθ ɪk[/t]] adj. phl of or pertaining to neurons that sense only general areas of pain, heat, or cold • Etymology: 1855–60 pro•top•a•thy prəˈtɒp ə θi n …   From formal English to slang

  • protopathic — /proʊtəˈpæθɪk/ (say prohtuh pathik) adjective Physiology 1. denoting general non discriminating sensory reception (opposed to epicritic). 2. primitive; primary …   Australian-English dictionary

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