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    a medical term

    I find it hard to explain. I'm looking for a word that explains an illness in ways that tell how it affects the body, how the illness behaves in human body (?!).......Does anyone understand what I'm getting at?

    Let's say you're with the doctor who just gave a diagnose of a disease, let's say lukemia, that you know the basic picture of the disease. But you want to know exactly how Lukemia works in you body, the cause and effect, etc. information that a medical student would obtain. And I would like to just ask it in one simple question instead of edging for more information. Like this:

    Could you explain (or give) the ________ of the illness?

    Many thanks

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    Re: a medical term

    Hi NT

    The nearest I could suggest immediately would be "implications" i.e. what does it mean is going to happen to me.

    Is this what you were looking for?

    PS Forgive me for ending a sentence with a preposition, as "a preposition is the wrong word to end a sentence with"
    Last edited by Neillythere; 31-Mar-2008 at 17:27.

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    Re: a medical term

    Quote Originally Posted by NearThere View Post
    I find it hard to explain. I'm looking for a word that explains an illness in ways that tell how it affects the body, how the illness behaves in human body (?!).......Does anyone understand what I'm getting at?

    Let's say you're with the doctor who just gave a diagnose of a disease, let's say lukemia, that you know the basic picture of the disease. But you want to know exactly how Lukemia works in you body, the cause and effect, etc. information that a medical student would obtain. And I would like to just ask it in one simple question instead of edging for more information. Like this:

    Could you explain to me the specifics of the illness?

    Many thanks

    NT
    this is my suggestion.

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    Re: a medical term

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi NT

    The nearest I could suggest immediately would be "implications" i.e. what does it mean is going to happen to me.

    Is this what you were looking for?

    PS Forgive me for ending a sentence with a preposition, as "a preposition is the wring word to end a sentence with"
    Hi Neillythere,
    are you serious by saying that in bold?

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    Re: a medical term

    How about: manifest (reveals)

    The disease manifests itself with a rash, fever, low blood count . . . .

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    Re: a medical term

    Yes, Banderas.

    It used to be a way of remembering not to end a sentence with a preposition, which was severely frowned on in my school days (albeit a very long time ago!)

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    Re: a medical term

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Yes, Banderas.

    It used to be a way of remembering not to end a sentence with a preposition, which was severely frowned on in my school days (albeit a very long time ago!)
    why was that?

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    Re: a medical term

    Thank you very much, folks.

    These are good suggestions. And I'm sure if I use any of those I'd get around to where I want to go. Forgive me for being a persistent ass, but I want to ask in a way that a doctor would explain how the blood, cells, organs function under the influence of the illness and the localities in your body that the illness affects and so forth......I'm looking for a very specific medical term. The term in Chinese, if transliterated, would mean something like "sickness' principles", "sickness' logics" or "sickness' reasoning" (this one totally doesn't make sense)........is anyone getting my drift? I'm assuming it's a word that's more likely ends with "___gy". Geez, this is hard for me to explain.

    Thanks for trying people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi NT
    PS Forgive me for ending a sentence with a preposition, as "a preposition is the wrong word to end a sentence with"
    Like I'd have the impulse to draw a gun and start shooting in the general direction where you are?

    I end my sentence with whatever, I'm the least particular with the position of a preposition. Number one offender --NearThere.

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    Re: a medical term

    Aha!

    Although not a teacher or a doctor, I believe the word you are looking for is "pathology"?

    AskOxford: pathology

    pathology

    noun 1 the branch of medicine concerned with the causes and effects of diseases. 2 the typical behaviour of a disease.

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