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pathogen Syllabification: path·o·gen
Pronunciation: /ˈpaTHəjən/

Definition of pathogen in English:


A bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.
Example sentences
  • Symptoms and signs of influenza in children are not specific and can mimic a range of other common respiratory viral pathogens.
  • Such changes may also happen within a class, especially for bacterial pathogens.
  • A part of the stool sample was processed for the detection of bacterial pathogens.



Pronunciation: /ˌpaTHəˈjenik/
Example sentences
  • A limited population of bacteria which has became pathogenic was also sensitive to antibiotics to begin with.
  • The presence of potentially pathogenic bacteria from normal volunteers is of concern.
  • It is unlikely that viable pathogenic bacteria in sewage water could be dispersed in indoor air.


Pronunciation: /ˌpaTHəjəˌnisitē/
Example sentences
  • These findings show that the CMV subtypes may serve as a marker for pathogenicity and virulence of CMV strains.
  • Organisms of relatively low pathogenicity can present in a highly atypical fashion in immunosuppressed patients.
  • Due to its extreme virulence and pathogenicity many casualties may result unless antibiotics are administered within 24 hours of the first symptoms.


Pronunciation: /pəˈTHäjənəs/
Example sentences
  • The three pathogenous microbes include leptospira interrogans, epithelium glucocus gene and xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris.

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