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  1. the production and development of disease.
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Also pa·thog·e·ny [puh-thoj-uh-nee] /pəˈθɒdʒ ə ni/.

Origin of pathogenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at patho-, -genesis
Related formspath·o·ge·net·ic [path-oh-juh-net-ik] /ˌpæθ oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pathogeny

Historical Examples

  • But no sufficient ground for such a pathogeny can be ascertained.

    A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I


  • A vicious circle in pathogeny is formed and the patient is likely to get into a very debilitated and depressed condition.


    James J. Walsh

  • The authors of this volume have been resolute in their reference of the pathogeny of tic to a mental process.

  • One could not desire a more lucid exposition of the pathogeny of so many of these head-tossing tics.

British Dictionary definitions for pathogeny


pathogeny (pəˈθɒdʒɪnɪ)

  1. the origin, development, and resultant effects of a disease
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Derived Formspathogenetic (ˌpæθəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for pathogeny



1876, from patho- + genesis.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pathogeny in Medicine


  1. The development of a disease or morbid condition.nosogenesis
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