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[trans-mis-uh-buh l, tranz-]
  1. capable of being transmitted.
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Origin of transmissible

1635–45; < Latin trānsmiss(us) (see transmission) + -ible
Related formstrans·mis·si·bil·i·ty, nounun·trans·mis·si·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for transmissibility

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Galton first took up the subject of the transmissibility of intellectual gifts in his 'Hereditary Genius' .

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  • The transmissibility of contagious abortion of cows appears to have been demonstrated experimentally for the first time by Brauer.

  • But Weismann's argument rests not merely upon any difficulty or impossibility of the transmissibility of acquired characteristics.

  • The importance of use and disuse, and the transmissibility of their effects, would seem to supply a factor essential to evolution.

  • These results appear to conflict most seriously with the theory of the transmissibility of acquired modifications.

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Word Origin and History for transmissibility



1640s, from Latin transmiss-, stem of transmittere (see transmit) + -ible.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

transmissibility in Medicine


(trăns-mĭsə-bəl, trănz-)
  1. Capable of being conveyed from one person to another.
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