Pathology. capable of producing disease: pathogenic bacteria.

1850–55; patho- + -genic

antipathogenic, adjective
nonpathogenic, adjective Unabridged
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pathogenic (ˌpæθəˈdʒɛnɪk)
able to cause or produce disease: pathogenic bacteria

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Word Origin & History

"producing disease," 1852, from Fr. pathogénique, from Gk. pathos "disease" (see pathos) + Fr. génique "producing." Earlier pathogenetic (1838). Related: Pathogenicity.
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Medical Dictionary

pathogenic path·o·gen·ic (pāth'ə-jěn'ĭk) or path·o·ge·net·ic (-jə-nět'ĭk)

  1. Having the capability to cause disease.

  2. Producing disease.

  3. Relating to pathogenesis.

path'o·ge·nic'i·ty (-jə-nĭs'ĭ-tē) n.
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Cultural Dictionary
pathogenic [(path-uh-jen-ik)]

A descriptive term for a thing or condition that can cause disease.

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Example sentences
Meanwhile the virus has undergone huge genetic changes and become even more
The combination of heat and the sun's ultraviolet rays kills any pathogenic
The smaller chromosome seems to contain many of the genetic elements that make
  the cholera organism pathogenic.
He said he feared the plant would harbor pathogenic bacteria and emit gases.
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