susceptibility

noun
sus·​cep·​ti·​bil·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce susceptibility (audio) \
plural susceptibilities

Definition of susceptibility

1 : the quality or state of being susceptible especially : lack of ability to resist some extraneous agent (such as a pathogen or drug) : sensitivity
2a : a susceptible temperament or constitution
b susceptibilities plural : feelings, sensibilities
3a : 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

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Examples of susceptibility in a Sentence

A weak immune system causes increased susceptibility to disease. his aunt's unfortunate susceptibility to viruses meant she was nearly always sick
Recent Examples on the Web According to Daly, a key gene for susceptibility is ACE-2 — an enzyme that has been identified as the receptor at which the virus invades our cells. Camille Caldera, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 Having insufficient information about the choices at hand may influence people’s susceptibility to decision fatigue. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 An online source suggests that the decline in my bpm is slow and can indicate susceptibility to a heart attack. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 6 June 2022 Will the blurred line between fantasy and reality only increase people’s susceptibility to gaming addictions? Anthony Wong, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Sickle cell can result in searing pain, organ damage, strokes, susceptibility to infections and premature death. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 19 May 2022 There are also significant water reclamation activities (particularly in light of the industry’s susceptibility to drought) and efforts to promote circular economy solutions and eliminate waste to landfills. K.e.d. Coan, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 In the past, studies have found interesting associations between certain genetic variants and people’s susceptibility to communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and the flu. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2022 All of these natural gas-burning appliances can emit gasses that can trigger asthma, coughing, and potentially increase susceptibility to respiratory infections. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of susceptibility

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of susceptibility was in 1644

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25 Jun 2022

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“Susceptibility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/susceptibility. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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susceptibility

noun
sus·​cep·​ti·​bil·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˌsep-tə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce susceptibility (audio) \
plural susceptibilities

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
2a : 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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