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This week's theme: words related to medicine.
idiopathy (id-ee-OP-uh-thee) noun
A disease of unknown origin or one having no apparent cause.
[From New Latin idiopathia (primary disease), from Greek idiopatheia, from idios (one's own, personal) + -pathy (feeling, suffering).]
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-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Beneath the complexity and idiopathy of every cancer lies a limited number of 'mission critical' events that have propelled the tumour cell and its progeny into uncontrolled expansion and invasion." Gerald I Evan and Karen H Vousden; Proliferation, Cell Cycle And Apoptosis* in Cancer; Nature (London, UK); May 17, 2001.
*Apoptosis is the word for a cell's death by suicide, also known as Programmed Cell Death (PCD).
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