Origin of pathogenic

First recorded in 1850–55; patho- + -genic
Related formsan·ti·path·o·gen·ic, adjectivenon·path·o·gen·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pathogenic

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


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

"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


  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



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

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