- Pathology. capable of producing disease: pathogenic bacteria.
- able to cause or produce diseasepathogenic bacteria
adj.“producing disease,” 1836, from French pathogénique, from Greek pathos “disease” (see pathos) + French -génique “producing” (see -gen). Related: Pathogenetic (1838); pathogenicity. adj.
- Having the capability to cause disease.
- Producing disease.
- Relating to pathogenesis.
A descriptive term for a thing or condition that can cause disease.