susceptibility

noun sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty \ sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018
plural susceptibilities
1 : the quality or state of being susceptible; especially : lack of ability to resist some extraneous agent (such as a pathogen or drug) : sensitivity
2 a : a susceptible temperament or constitution
b susceptibilities 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 in a Sentence

  1. A weak immune system causes increased susceptibility to disease.

  2. his aunt's unfortunate susceptibility to viruses meant she was nearly always sick

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First Known Use of susceptibility

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SUSCEPTIBILITY Defined for English Language Learners

susceptibility

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

  • susceptibilities : a person's feelings


Medical Dictionary

susceptibility

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