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 transmissible (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 The strain, known as B117, was first identified in the United Kingdom and may be up to 70% more transmissible than other strains, though it is not believed to be more deadly. Nanette Asimov,, "Deadly outbreak at Kaiser San Jose grows to 60 infections while county studies if new variant is involved," 5 Jan. 2021 But by March the highly transmissible coronavirus was precipitating a world-wide shutdown, the worst global recession in 74 years, and the constriction of movement by both car and plane. Daniel Yergin, WSJ, "The Oil Industry Is Stuck in Virus Alley," 29 Dec. 2020 In the past week, some countries have shut down travel to and from the U.K. after discovering a new strain of the virus that is said to be up to 70% more transmissible. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Denver Zoo, resort bubble, nursing home shots: News from around our 50 states," 29 Dec. 2020 Scientists, however, are additionally closely following news of another variant of the novel coronavirus first detected in South Africa and which experts say also appears to be highly transmissible. Washington Post, "U.K. variant of coronavirus continues global spread, despite containment efforts," 26 Dec. 2020 In recent weeks, Kenya and South Africa have tightened social controls to curb the pandemic, and South Africa is confronting a new variant of the virus thought to be more highly transmissible. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poor countries avert worst of pandemic, but not its economic fallout," 23 Dec. 2020 Other variants in the coronavirus have been reported in the past, including one in minks, which are susceptible to the virus, that was feared to be highly transmissible and was reported to the World Health Organization. Eddie Spence, Fortune, "Boris Johnson imposes an emergency London lockdown to fight a new COVID-19 strain," 19 Dec. 2020 The tight confines of an oil rig are an ideal place for a highly transmissible disease to thrive. Viviane Callier, Science, "Shorter quarantines could actually help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks," 17 Dec. 2020 The order is in response to a new coronavirus variant that is said to have originated in the UK and is potentially more transmissible. Jessica Firger And Eric Levenson, CNN, "CDC to require negative Covid-19 test for all passengers traveling to US from UK," 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of transmissible

1644, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transmissible was in 1644

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“Transmissible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 transmissible (audio) \ noun, plural transmissibilities

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