Definition of pathogenic in English:

pathogenic

adjective

Medicine
  • (of a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism) causing disease.

    ‘a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus’
    • ‘Infection by pathogenic parasites may be a symptom of ill health, rather than the simple or single cause.’
    • ‘Within 16 hours, the treatment produced a 150-fold reduction in the number of pathogenic cells in the intestines.’
    • ‘With 87 per cent of all pigs infected with pathogenic campylobacter, reducing macrolide use in pig production should be a real priority for government.’
    • ‘Our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms by which pathogenic microorganisms cause disease will be growing at a rapid pace.’
    • ‘What may follow is the proliferation of unopposed pathogenic bacteria or fungi.’
    • ‘Scientists are working toward breeding farm animals that resist infection with pathogenic E. coli strains.’
    • ‘It was a running stew of potent pathogenic microbes.’
    • ‘Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of pathogenic leptospires in the lake.’
    • ‘Wild birds may carry the highly pathogenic form of avian influenza.’
    • ‘Raw meat may carry pathogenic organisms.’

Pronunciation

pathogenic

/ˌpæθəˈdʒɛnɪk//ˌpaTHəˈjenik/