trans·​mis·​si·​ble | \ tran(t)s-ˈmi-sə-bəl How to pronounce transmissible (audio) , tranz- \

Definition of transmissible

: capable of being transmitted transmissible diseases

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transmissibility \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌmi-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transmissibility (audio) , (ˌ)tranz-​ \ noun

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The virus is highly transmissible to humans. don't worry, the genetic disorder isn't transmissible from one generation to the next
Recent Examples on the Web In the subsequent chain of infection from person to person, the virus may mutate in the human body into more virulent and transmissible forms—and begin to circulate like a wild poliovirus among unvaccinated children. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "Two Strains of Polio Down, One to Go," 23 Oct. 2019 Salmonella, a highly transmissible pathogen that is one of the most common sources of food poisoning in both humans and pets, was found in 4% of the samples. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Want to put your dog on a raw meat diet? It could be dangerous for it, and you," 16 Oct. 2019 Violence and abuse instill fear, anger, and hopelessness, and act like a transmissible disease. Twin Cities, "Bravo, Honsey, LeBlanc, Sethuraju, Swift: For safety’s sake, St. Paul must heal the root causes of violence," 17 Sep. 2019 To an extent, its formal name covers things nicely: canine transmissible venereal tumor, or CTV. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Infectious cancer hasn’t done much over the last 4,000 years," 3 Aug. 2019 The researchers showed that transmissible microbes that promoted altruism in their hosts won the survival battle over microbes that did not — and when this happened, altruism became a stable trait in the host population. Quanta Magazine, "Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?," 29 June 2017 The rarity of transmissible cancers among creatures today, for example, may not support this new theory. Jon Kelvey, Smithsonian, "The Evolution of Sex Could Have Provided a Defense Against Cancer Cells," 11 June 2019 The sickness, which typically affects the salivary glands, is transmissible for up to three days before symptoms appear, according to state health officials. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Suspected mumps outbreak hits Harris County Jail," 11 June 2019 In a strange twist, however, the authors also discovered that the genes of America’s first dogs live on in an unexpected place: the DNA of a transmissible cancer that now affects dogs across the planet. Deborah Netburn,, "North America's first dogs were domesticated in Siberia, but their descendants are all gone," 5 July 2018

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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“Transmissible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transmissible

: able to be spread to other people, animals, etc. : capable of being transmitted


trans·​mis·​si·​ble | \ tran(t)s-ˈmis-ə-bəl, tranz- How to pronounce transmissible (audio) \

Medical Definition of transmissible

: capable of being transmitted (as from one person to another) transmissible diseases

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transmissibility \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌmis-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē, (ˌ)tranz-​ How to pronounce transmissibility (audio) \ noun, plural transmissibilities

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