- any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.
Origin of pathogen
Related Words for pathogenmicroorganism, germ, virus, bug, bacterium, bacillus, pathogen, microbe, parasite, illness, ailment, sickness, disease, infection, plague, antibody, crud, pathogens, germs, bacilli
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Contemporary Examples of pathogen
This last capability of the virus appears to be how the pathogen is spreading between farms in different states.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon
August 20, 2014
Most human infections are contracted by inhaling, ingesting, or inoculating a pathogen.This Amoeba Eats Your Brain: Naegleria Fowleri Rattles New Orleans
September 23, 2013
The bacterium is technically a pathogen, so the USDA looks at it.Plants That Glow in the Dark Spark Heated Debate
August 18, 2013
“The mosquito is really wily, but the pathogen is even more wily,” she says.Mosquitoes Love Some People More and Science Wants to Know Why
August 6, 2013
When I started the job in 1992 it was well established as a pathogen, and that was the end of pink burgers for you and for me.Be Afraid of Your Food: An Epidemiologist’s Sensible Advice
March 16, 2013
Historical Examples of pathogen
Pathogen′esis, Pathog′eny, mode of production or development of disease.
Pathogenet′ic, Pathogen′ic, Pathog′enous, producing disease.
- any agent that can cause disease
Word Origin and History for pathogen
1880, a back-formation from pathogenic.
- An agent that causes disease, especially a living microorganism such as a bacterium, virus, or fungus.
- An agent that causes infection or disease, especially a microorganism, such as a bacterium or protozoan, or a virus. See Note at germ.