path·​o·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpa-thə-ˈje-nə-səs \

Definition of pathogenesis

: the origination and development of a disease

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This study further validates the theory that gut inflammation could drive Parkinson’s pathogenesis, says Madelyn Houser, a graduate student in neuroscientist Malú Tansey’s lab at Emory University. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Does Parkinson’s Begin in the Gut?," 8 May 2018 The animal model also has been used to test vaccines, drugs, and pathogenesis of the disease. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "U.S. leprosy budget cut closes clinics, threatens research," 2 Apr. 2018 Now, at 56, Taubenberger is the chief of the viral pathogenesis and evolution section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the NIH agency that Fauci heads. Maryn Mckenna, Smithsonian, "How to Stop a Lethal Virus," 25 Oct. 2017 El Modena High School Major: molecular and cell biology (immunology and pathogenesis); Minor: public health, $ Why this school? Heide Janssen, Orange County Register, "Where are 2017 Orange County visual arts students going to college?," 15 June 2017 Distinct microbial lifestyles – pathogenesis or biofilm formation – are believed to be triggered by autoinducers. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "The Secret Languages of Microbes," 5 June 2013

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First Known Use of pathogenesis

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pathogenesis

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patho·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpath-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs \
plural pathogeneses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of pathogenesis

: the origination and development of a disease

called also pathogeny

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