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 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 Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible disease caused by abnormal prion, or protein. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 The cancer is known as CTVT, or canine transmissible venereal tumor. Deborah Netburn,, "North America's first dogs were domesticated in Siberia, but their descendants are all gone," 5 July 2018 Canine transmissible venereal tumors (CTVT) is one of only three known kinds of cancer that can spread from a host to another mammal. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Dogs native to America were wiped out by Eurasian dogs," 5 July 2018 Ebola is not transmissible if someone is asymptomatic and usually not after someone has recovered from it. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola 101: Answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, transmission and treatments," 25 May 2018 These are all potentially transmissible, either by sharing bedding and food dishes or by biting, grooming and sidling up to one another. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Bringing home a new kitten can wreak havoc and still be rewarding | Miami Herald," 14 May 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

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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