pathogen

[path-uh-juhn, ‐jen]
noun
any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.

Origin:
1940–45; patho- + -gen

antipathogen, noun
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pathogen or pathogene (ˈpæθəˌdʒɛn, ˈpæθəˌdʒiːn)
 
n
any agent that can cause disease
 
pathogene or pathogene
 
n

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pathogen
1880, a back formation from pathogenic.
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pathogen path·o·gen (pāth'ə-jən)
n.
An agent that causes disease, especially a living microorganism such as a bacterium, virus, or fungus.

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pathogen   (pāth'ə-jən)  Pronunciation Key 
An agent that causes infection or disease, especially a microorganism, such as a bacterium or protozoan, or a virus. See Note at germ.
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pathogen [(path-uh-juhn)]

A disease-causing agent. Microorganisms, viruses, and toxins are examples of pathogens.

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Example sentences
Conventional poultry farms use antibiotics extensively, which contributes to
  the rise of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
By contrast, testing for pathogens deals only with cases as they become
  apparent in transfusion patients.
The altered strain was rendered avirulent, because the immune system was able
  to eliminate the exposed pathogens.
There's also the threat of pathogens that could thrive in crowded pens and
  escape to harm natural fish populations.
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