susceptibility

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty

noun \sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

: the state of being easily affected, influenced, or harmed by something

susceptibilities : a person's feelings

plural sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ties

Full Definition of SUSCEPTIBILITY

1
:  the quality or state of being susceptible; especially :  lack of ability to resist some extraneous agent (as a pathogen or drug) :  sensitivity
2
a :  a susceptible temperament or constitution
b plural :  feelings, sensibilities
3
a :  the ratio of the magnetization in a substance to the corresponding magnetizing force
b :  the ratio of the electric polarization to the electric intensity in a polarized dielectric

Examples of SUSCEPTIBILITY

  1. A weak immune system causes increased susceptibility to disease.
  2. <his aunt's unfortunate susceptibility to viruses meant she was nearly always sick>

First Known Use of SUSCEPTIBILITY

1644

sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty

noun \sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ties

Medical Definition of SUSCEPTIBILITY

1
: the quality or state of being susceptible : the state of being predisposed to, sensitive to, or of lacking the ability to resist something (as a pathogen, familial disease, or a drug) : sensitivity
2
a : the ratio of the magnetization in a substance to the corresponding magnetizing force—see paramagnetic b : the ratio of the electric polarization to the electric intensity in a polarized dielectric

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