Definition of pathogen in English:

pathogen

Line breaks: patho|gen
Pronunciation: /ˈpaθədʒ(ə)n
 
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noun

Medicine
A bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.
More 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.

Derivatives

pathogenic

Pronunciation: /-ˈdʒɛnɪk/
adjective
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  • 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.

pathogenicity

noun
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  • 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.

pathogenous

Pronunciation: /-ˈθɒdʒɪnəs/
adjective
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  • The three pathogenous microbes include leptospira interrogans, epithelium glucocus gene and xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris.

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