Able to cause (harmful) disease.

While the environment is teeming with bacteria and fungi, most are not pathogenic.

See Also: pathology

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  • Pathogenic — Path o*gen ic, a. [Gr. ? disease + the root of ? birth.] (Med. & Biol.) Of or pertaining to pathogeny; producting disease; as, a pathogenic organism; a pathogenic bacterium. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pathogenic — index contagious, insalubrious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pathogenic — (adj.) producing disease, 1852, from Fr. pathogénique, from Gk. pathos disease (see PATHOS (Cf. pathos)) + Fr. génique producing (see GEN (Cf. gen)). Earlier pathogenetic (1838). Related: Pathogenicity …   Etymology dictionary

  • pathogenic — [path əjen′ik] adj. producing disease pathogenicity [path′əjə nis′ə tē] n. pathogenically adv …   English World dictionary

  • Pathogenic — Causing disease or capable of doing it. Pathogenic bacteria are disease causing bacteria. For example, pathogenic E. coli are E. coli that are not innocuous (like most E. coli) but can make a person ill and even kill them. The word pathogenic… …   Medical dictionary

  • pathogenic — /path euh jen ik/, adj. Pathol. capable of producing disease: pathogenic bacteria. [1850 55; PATHO + GENIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • pathogenic — [[t]pæ̱θəʤe̱nɪk[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A pathogenic organism can cause disease in a person, animal, or plant. [TECHNICAL] …   English dictionary

  • pathogenic — adjective able to cause disease (Freq. 2) infective agents pathogenic bacteria • Syn: ↑infective, ↑morbific • Similar to: ↑unhealthful …   Useful english dictionary

  • pathogenic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1852 1. pathogenetic 1 2. causing or capable of causing disease • pathogenicity noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pathogenic — Capable of causing disease …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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