- disease) + "genesis" (bringing into being) = literally, bringing disease into being.
* * *patho·gen·ic -'jen-ik adj1) PATHOGENETIC (1)2) causing or capable of causing disease <\pathogenic microorganisms>patho·gen·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv
* * *adj.capable of causing disease. The term is applied to a parasitic microorganism (especially a bacterium) in relation to its host.• pathogenicity n.
* * *path·o·gen·ic (path-o-jenґik) causing disease or morbid symptoms.
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