pathogenicity

pathogenicity
The condition or quality of being pathogenic, or the ability to cause disease.

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patho·ge·nic·i·ty -jə-'nis-ət-ē n, pl -ties the quality or state of being pathogenic: degree of pathogenic capacity

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patho·ge·nic·i·ty (path″o-jə-nisґĭ-te) the quality of producing or the ability to produce pathologic changes or disease.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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