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[path-uh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌpæθ əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
the production and development of disease.
Also, pathogeny
[puh-thoj-uh-nee] /pəˈθɒdʒ ə ni/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pathogenesis
From New Latin, dating back to 1875-80; See origin at patho-, -genesis
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[path-oh-juh-net-ik] /ˌpæθ oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • It is safe to say that not one in ten of those who practice the healing art has ever used it or is familiar with its pathogenesis.

  • It is doubtful whether mere clinical studies will contribute in a large measure to the solution of the pathogenesis of scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • In the future in considering their pathogenesis it will be well to draw a sharp distinction between them.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • These studies in pathogenesis and etiology are fundamentally necessary for the development of a rational therapy and prophylaxis.

  • One would not deny all practical bearing to such investigations of pathogenesis.

British Dictionary definitions for pathogenesis


the origin, development, and resultant effects of a disease
Derived Forms
pathogenetic (ˌpæθəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for pathogenesis

1876, from patho- + genesis.

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pathogenesis in Medicine

pathogenesis path·o·gen·e·sis (pāth'ə-jěn'ĭ-sĭs) or pa·thog·e·ny (pā-thŏj'ə-nē)
The development of a disease or morbid condition. Also called nosogenesis.

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