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Bacteria can be pathogens, but there are also many other types of pathogens. Bacteria are specific types of single celled organisms. Some bacteria cause disease, some do not. There are also lots of other types of organisms which can cause disease. These include, viruses, fungi, protozoa, yeast. Any organism that can cause disease is called a pathogen. (And yes, there is some debate about whether a virus is an organism. If it is not an organism then it would be classified as a toxin rather than a pathogen.)

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A pathogen is any disease causing organism. There are many species of bacteria. Some cause diseases and some don't. The ones that cause diseases are pathogens and the ones that don't cause diseases are not pathogens.

Of course a particular species of bacterium might cause a disease in dogs, for example, but not in humans (and vice versa) so it would be considered a pathogen in dogs but not humans.

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Not necessarily. While many bacteria are pathogens great number have little effect on humans and other organisms. Some bacteria are beneficial, even essential, to our health.

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What is the medical term meaning disease-causing bacteria?

pathogenic bacteria


Are pathogenic bacteria benificial or harmful to humans?

The word pathogenic means disease causing. So they can be harmful...but some pathogenic bacteria only are harmful to plants or dogs or cats, etc.


Is bacteria contageous?

Actually, this is a very good question. When we look at the definition of pathogenic, we know that disease causing microorganism are pathogenic. Is E.Coli a disease causing microorganism? Well, E .coli can be found in uncooked foods, feces and in other unsanitary conditions. If the E.coli found in any of these conditions are consumed, we have a very serious problem. However, what about the E.coli that is inside of our large intestine helping synthesize vitamin K. These guys are not pathogenic. When answering questions of whether bacteria are pathogenic we must always consider the strain. The strain tells us the pathogenic status of the bacteria and will even tell us the degree of pathogenicity.


A pathogenic organism is one that causes a?

a pathogenic organism is an organism that is harmful to human cell rebuildingany organism which is causing any infection or disease causing alterations our immune system are called pathogenic organisms. the organisms like bacteria virus fungi can be termed as pathogens. the organism can be pathogenic by it self causing sever damage to the immune system or the metabolocal toxins released as byproduct.Path means disease. -gen means to make. It really helps to learn medical terminology. The word then means to make a disease. So a pathogenic organism is one that produces a disease.See link below:Pathogenesis is the creation of disease; when this genesis of disease is caused by [usually] microscopic organisms these microbes are said to be pathogenic.


What is a synonym for disease causing?

Pathogenic.

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What does it mean to be pathogenic organism?

The word pathogen means to be disease causing.


What is the medical term meaning disease-causing bacteria?

pathogenic bacteria


Are all bacterial cells pathogenic?

Pathogenic means "disease causing". Not all bacteria are pathogenic; some are essential for good health.


Bacteria that cause diseases are?

The disease causing bacteria are called pathogenic bacteria.They are generally gram negative but can also be gram positivee.g. of pathogenic bacteria are :SalmonelllaPseudomonasClostridiumAnthracis etc.


How can the word 'pathogenic' be used in a sentence?

This means causing disease. Here are some sentences.That strain of bacteria is pathogenic.The pathogenic substances have been stolen from the lab!Pathogenic bacteria can be deadly.


Bacteria that causes diseases are callled?

The disease causing bacteria are called pathogenic bacteria.They are generally gram negative but can also be gram positivee.g. of pathogenic bacteria are :SalmonelllaPseudomonasClostridiumAnthracis etc.


Caused by infection or capable of causing infection?

Infectious


Are pathogenic bacteria benificial or harmful to humans?

The word pathogenic means disease causing. So they can be harmful...but some pathogenic bacteria only are harmful to plants or dogs or cats, etc.


Is the latent stage of an infectious disease the same as the pathogenic stage?

No, the latent stage of an infection is when the pathogen isn't causing symptoms or damage. The pathogenic stage is when the pathogen is causing symptoms or damage.


What is an microbe?

bacteria or viruses, which are capable of causing disease


Are all bacteria harmful to humans?

Yes. By definition pathogens are disease causing agents.


What is an infectious microbe?

bacteria or viruses, which are capable of causing disease