pathogen

[ path-uh-juhn, ‐jen ]
/ ˈpæθ ə dʒən, ‐ˌdʒɛn /

noun

any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.

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Origin of pathogen

First recorded in 1940–45; patho- + -gen

OTHER WORDS FROM pathogen

an·ti·path·o·gen, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pathogen

pathogen

pathogene (ˈpæθəˌdʒiːn)

/ (ˈpæθəˌdʒɛn) /

noun

any agent that can cause disease
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Medical definitions for pathogen

pathogen
[ păthə-jən ]

n.

An agent that causes disease, especially a living microorganism such as a bacterium, virus, or fungus.
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Scientific definitions for pathogen

pathogen
[ păthə-jən ]

An agent that causes infection or disease, especially a microorganism, such as a bacterium or protozoan, or a virus. See Note at germ.
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Cultural definitions for pathogen

pathogen
[ (path-uh-juhn) ]

A disease-causing agent. Microorganisms, viruses, and toxins are examples of pathogens.

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