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 For now, Gates thinks the emergence of a variant more transmissible than Omicron isn’t likely. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 As National Geographic has previously reported, preliminary evidence suggests that Omicron might be more transmissible than previous variants. Science, 5 Jan. 2022 The variant, dubbed Omicron, apparently has many more mutations and is apparently more transmissible than the Delta variant of the virus, which is currently the dominant strain worldwide. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Omicron also appears to be more transmissible than other variants, McLaughlin said. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2022 The variant, which is now known to be more transmissible than delta and the original virus strain, has also led to the state’s highest rate of positive cases with more than 1 in 5 COVID-19 tests reading positive. Ren Larson, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Dec. 2021 The strong belief is that many of those positives have come via the omicron variant, which emerging research suggests is more transmissible than other variants but causes less severe illness. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Dec. 2021 The variant, which scientists say is more transmissible than the previously dominant delta variant, has been blamed for a recent uptick in Arkansas' new cases. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, 23 Dec. 2021 The Omicron variant of the virus, which is even more transmissible than Delta, is expected to continue driving up cases, which could put new strain on hospitals this winter. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of transmissible

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 transmissible (audio) \ noun, plural transmissibilities


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