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susceptibility

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noun sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty \sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of susceptibility

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

  • susceptibilities : a person's feelings

Full Definition of susceptibility

plural sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ties

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being susceptible; especially :  lack of ability to resist some extraneous agent (as a pathogen or drug) :  sensitivity

  2. 2a :  a susceptible temperament or constitutionb plural :  feelings, sensibilities

  3. 3a :  the ratio of the magnetization in a substance to the corresponding magnetizing forceb :  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>



1644

First Known Use of susceptibility

1644


Medical Dictionary

susceptibility

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noun sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty \sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of susceptibility

plural sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ties

  1. 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. 2a:  the ratio of the magnetization in a substance to the corresponding magnetizing force—see paramagneticb:  the ratio of the electric polarization to the electric intensity in a polarized dielectric





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