pathogenic

[ path-uh-jen-ik ]
/ ˌpæθ əˈdʒɛn ɪk /

adjective

Pathology. capable of producing disease: pathogenic bacteria.

Origin of pathogenic

First recorded in 1850–55; patho- + -genic

Related forms

an·ti·path·o·gen·ic, adjectivenon·path·o·gen·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pathogenic

pathogenic

/ (ˌpæθəˈdʒɛnɪk) /

adjective

able to cause or produce diseasepathogenic bacteria
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Medicine definitions for pathogenic

pathogenic

[ păth′ə-jĕnĭk ]

adj.

Having the capability to cause disease.
Producing disease.
Relating to pathogenesis.

Related forms

path′o•ge•nici•ty (-jə-nĭsĭ-tē) n.
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Culture definitions for pathogenic

pathogenic

[ (path-uh-jen-ik) ]

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

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