Pathology vs. Cytology

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Main Difference

The main difference between Pathology and Cytology is that the Pathology is a study and diagnosis of disease and Cytology is a branch of life science that deals with the study of cells in terms of structure, function and chemistry.

  • Pathology (noun)

    The branch of medicine concerned with the study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.

  • Pathology (noun)

    The medical specialty that provides microscopy and other laboratory services (e.g., cytology, histology) to clinicians.

    "The surgeon sent a specimen of the cyst to the pathology department for staining and analysis to determine its histologic subtype."

  • Pathology (noun)

    Pathosis: any deviation from a healthy or normal structure or function; abnormality; illness or malformation.


  • Cytology (noun)

    The study of cells.

  • Cytology (noun)


  • Pathology (noun)

    the science of the causes and effects of diseases, especially the branch of medicine that deals with the laboratory examination of samples of body tissue for diagnostic or forensic purposes

    "research people skilled in experimental pathology"

  • Pathology (noun)

    pathological features considered collectively; the typical behaviour of a disease

    "the pathology of Huntington's disease"

  • Pathology (noun)

    a pathological condition

    "the dominant pathology is multiple sclerosis"

  • Pathology (noun)

    mental, social, or linguistic abnormality or malfunction

    "the city's inability to cope with the pathology of a burgeoning underclass"

  • Cytology (noun)

    the branches of biology and medicine concerned with the structure and function of plant and animal cells.

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Webster Dictionary
  • Pathology (noun)

    the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases

  • Pathology (noun)

    any deviation from a healthy or normal condition

  • Cytology (noun)

    the branch of biology that studies the structure and function of cells

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