[path-uh-jen-ik] /ˌpæθ əˈdʒɛn ɪk/

Pathology. capable of producing disease:
pathogenic bacteria.
able to cause or produce disease: pathogenic bacteria

“producing disease,” 1836, from French pathogénique, from Greek pathos “disease” (see pathos) + French -génique “producing” (see -gen). Related: Pathogenetic (1838); pathogenicity.

pathogenic path·o·gen·ic (pāth’ə-jěn’ĭk) or path·o·ge·net·ic (-jə-nět’ĭk)

path’o·ge·nic’i·ty (-jə-nĭs’ĭ-tē) n.
pathogenic [(path-uh-jen-ik)]

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


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