Pathology. capable of producing disease:
pathogenic bacteria.
Contemporary Examples

pathogenic bacteria from the remains can get into water supplies.
Haiti’s Grisly Problem Cyril Wecht January 18, 2010

Historical Examples

Instead of that, the legislators permit the microbes of criminality to develop their pathogenic powers in society.
The Positive School of Criminology Enrico Ferri

Every one, we might say, is immune against some or other of the pathogenic microbes.
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, January 1900 Various

Enzymes other than complement possibly play a part in the destruction of some pathogenic organisms or their products.
The Fundamentals of Bacteriology Charles Bradfield Morrey

As for the pathogenic mechanism of the sniffing tic, it is simple enough.
Tics and Their Treatment Henry Meigne

It appears indeed to reinforce the poison formed by pathogenic organisms.
Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why Martha M. Allen

Ward determined to study this as the most extreme type of pathogenic infection.
Makers of British Botany; a collection of biographies by living botanists Various

By far the most important addition is the inclusion of an entirely new section on pathogenic Protozoa.
The Elements of Bacteriological Technique John William Henry Eyre

He established, in fact, a complete parallelism between the behaviour of rust-fungi and that of pathogenic organisms in animals.
Makers of British Botany; a collection of biographies by living botanists Various

The pathogenic organism may then actively penetrate, or may be inoculated by scratching.
Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley

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)

Having the capability to cause disease.

Producing disease.

Relating to pathogenesis.

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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