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diagnostic pathology

Sunday 21 August 2016

Definition: Diagnostic pathology is a medical specialty aiming the diagnosis of diseases, based mainly on the morphological study of cells or tissues or organs.

Pathology is the study of diseases. Diagnostic pathology is the study of diseases qith a specific aim : the diagnosis of diseases and tumors.

How works diagnostic pathology ?

The human body, as any living organism , is composed by components.

These components can be morphologically normal ( normality / normal appearance ) or abnormal ( abnormal appearance / morphological anomalies / morphological abnormalities ).

Diagnostic pathology is mainly based on the identification of morphological anomalies of these components, that can be seen by :
- naked eye : it is macroscopy detecting macroscopical anomalies.
- microscope : it is microscopy detecting microscopical anomalies.

These components can be, according to the level of organization considered :
- biomolecules
- organelles
- cells
- tissues
- organs
- organ systems / apparels
- organisms : human body

These anomalies can be described in an ontology : the pathology ontology.


- tumoral diagnostic / tumor diagnostic

See also

- pathology
- clinical pathology

- experimental pathology