pathogenic

adjective

path·​o·​gen·​ic ˌpa-thə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce pathogenic (audio)
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2
: causing or capable of causing disease
pathogenicity noun

Examples of pathogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The highly pathogenic strain of bird flu, known as H5N2, found its way from Asia across the Bering Strait to North America in 2014, causing deaths of chickens and turkeys on dozens of farms. Renee Elder, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Eventually, genetic testing that identifies likely pathogenic variants of the primary tumor became a valuable tool in cancer care in the late 1990s and gained prominence in the 2010s. TIME, 18 Oct. 2023 Agencies are moving quickly to conduct more testing for the illness — known as highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI — the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release Monday. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 Climate & Environment California mountain lion population is thousands fewer than previously estimated Jan. 7, 2024 Until recently, highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, was considered strictly a poultry disease. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2024 The recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has brought the modern industry’s sociopathy to light. Crystal Heath, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Suzanne’s personal experiences navigating the challenges of medical and behavioral conditions that affected her children drove her to become a pivotal figure in bridging the gap between pathogenic and salutogenic care within the American healthcare system. Brianna Kamienski, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 Tests for pathogenic bacteria in the wounds post-treatment showed that the secretion reduced Pseudomonas growth by over 25 percent. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 15 Jan. 2024 Houssin acknowledged that there remains a risk that a more pathogenic variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus may emerge, and that a new PHEIC might need to be declared. Helen Branswell, STAT, 5 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

patho- + -genic, after French pathogénique, German pathogenisch

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pathogenic was in 1850

Dictionary Entries Near pathogenic

Cite this Entry

“Pathogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pathogenic. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pathogenic

adjective
patho·​gen·​ic
ˌpath-ə-ˈjen-ik
: causing or capable of causing disease

Medical Definition

pathogenic

adjective
patho·​gen·​ic -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce pathogenic (audio)
1
2
: causing or capable of causing disease
pathogenic microorganisms
pathogenically adverb

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