pathogenic (adj.) "producing disease," 1852, from Fr. pathogénique, from Gk. pathos "disease" (see PATHOS (Cf. pathos)) + Fr. génique "producing" (see -GEN (Cf. -gen)). Earlier pathogenetic (1838). Related: Pathogenicity.

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