pathogens


pathogens

noun

  1. any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism.

noun

  1. any agent that can cause disease

n.1880, a back-formation from pathogenic. n.

  1. An agent that causes disease, especially a living microorganism such as a bacterium, virus, or fungus.

  1. An agent that causes infection or disease, especially a microorganism, such as a bacterium or protozoan, or a virus. See Note at germ.

A disease-causing agent. Microorganisms, viruses, and toxins are examples of pathogens.

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