path·​o·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpa-thə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce pathogenesis (audio) \

Definition of pathogenesis

: the origination and development of a disease

Examples of pathogenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a pressing need to investigate the effect of the 106-108 deletion on the structure and function of NSP6 and virus replication and pathogenesis. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Missing from the collection of studies on the 5’ uOrf is its role in replication and pathogenesis in animal disease models. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Major research interests of Dr. Hamilton were the pathogenesis and treatment of hypertension, and new treatment modalities in diabetes and dyslipidemia, which is abnormally elevated cholesterol or fats in the blood. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 2 Aug. 2021 With a collaborative research grant from the Evergrande Group, MassCPR began funding dozens of new research projects, some of which have led to field-defining studies on the epidemiology, pathogenesis and immunopathology of COVID-19. William A. Haseltine, Scientific American, 25 May 2021 Taubenberger is chief of the viral pathogenesis and evolution section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Mar. 2020 What is needed is a combination of chance and ideal conditions, said Dr. Brett Lindenbach, associate professor of microbial pathogenesis and comparative medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Katie Camero, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2020 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, 8 May 2018 The animal model also has been used to test vaccines, drugs, and pathogenesis of the disease. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pathogenesis

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pathogenesis

patho- + genesis, after French pathogénésie, German Pathogenese

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“Pathogenesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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patho·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpath-ə-ˈjen-ə-səs How to pronounce pathogenesis (audio) \
plural pathogeneses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce pathogenesis (audio) \

Medical Definition of pathogenesis

: the origination and development of a disease

called also pathogeny

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