[ path-uh-jen-ik ]
/ ˌpæθ əˈdʒɛn ɪk /
Pathology. capable of producing disease: pathogenic bacteria.
Origin of pathogenic
First recorded in 1850–55; patho-
Related formsan·ti·path·o·gen·ic, adjectivenon·path·o·gen·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pathogenic
Some weeks later they evolve into the trypanosome forms, pathogenic for man.
The actual number of organisms introduced is also an important factor in determining their pathogenic power.
British Dictionary definitions for pathogenic
able to cause or produce diseasepathogenic bacteria
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Word Origin and History for pathogenicadj.
"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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Medicine definitions for pathogenic
Related formspath′o•ge•nic′i•ty (-jə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
Having the capability to cause disease.
Relating to pathogenesis.
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Culture definitions for pathogenic
A descriptive term for a thing or condition that can cause disease.
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