pathogenic

[path-uh-jen-ik]

Origin of pathogenic

First recorded in 1850–55; patho- + -genic
Related formsan·ti·path·o·gen·ic, adjectivenon·path·o·gen·ic, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of pathogenic

  • Pathogenic bacteria from the remains can get into water supplies.

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Historical Examples of pathogenic


British Dictionary definitions for pathogenic

pathogenic

adjective
  1. able to cause or produce diseasepathogenic bacteria
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Word Origin and History for pathogenic
adj.

"producing disease," 1836, from French pathogénique, from Greek pathos "disease" (see pathos) + French -génique "producing" (see -gen). Related: Pathogenetic (1838); pathogenicity.

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pathogenic in Medicine

pathogenic

[păth′ə-jĕnĭk]
adj.
  1. Having the capability to cause disease.
  2. Producing disease.
  3. Relating to pathogenesis.
Related formspath′o•ge•nici•ty (-jə-nĭsĭ-tē) n.
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pathogenic in Culture

pathogenic

[(path-uh-jen-ik)]

A descriptive term for a thing or condition that can cause disease.

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