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adjective Pathology.
  1. producing or generating pus.
  2. attended with or pertaining to the formation of pus.
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Origin of pyogenic

First recorded in 1830–40; pyo- + -genic
Related formsnon·py·o·gen·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pyogenic

Historical Examples

  • The pyogenic variety, it should be noted, cause the production of pus.

    Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry

    Maximilian Stern

  • As a result of pyogenic infection, suppuration of the labyrinth may occur.

  • As a result of pyogenic infection the cyst may be converted into an abscess.

    Manual of Surgery

    Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

  • It was formerly called a pyogenic membrane, because the pus discharged was supposed to be formed by it.

  • There is also the presence of a pyogenic bacterium, by which the disease may be maintained and propagated.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

Word Origin and History for pyogenic


1840s, from pyogenesis, medical Latin, from pyo- "pus" + genesis.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pyogenic in Medicine


  1. Producing pus.
  2. Of, relating to, or characterized by pyogenesis.
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