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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catching, communicable, contagious, pestilent, transmittable



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Examples of transmissible in a Sentence

The virus is highly transmissible to humans. don't worry, the genetic disorder isn't transmissible from one generation to the next

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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 The closest remaining genetic trace of the domesticated dog that lived in the Americas before European contact is preserved as a transmissible cancer. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Feb. 2019 The Los Angeles Times’ Deborah Netburn writes that the disease, known as canine transmissible venereal tumor, stems from the genetic mutation of a single North American dog that lived up to 8,225 years ago. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations," 6 July 2018 Still, those American dogs left something behind: canine transmissible venereal tumors, which can spread from dog to dog, according to a news release obtained by The Detroit Free Press. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Europeans arrived — and America's native dogs disappeared. They left something behind," 6 July 2018 Canine transmissible venereal tumors is one of only three known kinds of cancer that can spread from a host to another mammal. Marc Daalder, ajc, "Why none of our dog breeds are native to America," 6 July 2018

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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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

Other Words from transmissible

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

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