Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Interesting word: Morbific

Definition:  Morbific is an adjective meaning "causing disease".

Pronunciation: More   beh fick

Origin: From Latin morbus - sick

Why use it? There really isn't another word with the same meaning as morbific. Pathogenic is similar, but implies a pathogen; morbific does not.

Examples.  I found a few examples, but I prefer some new ones that are more general, e.g.

Although poverty does not directly cause disease, it is associated with many morbific conditions.

Medical care in earlier days not only  rarely cured people, it was often morbific.

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