from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being transmissible
- n. The extent to which something is transmissible
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being transmissible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In physical, transmitting power, specifically for radiation, of a substance or medium; perviousness or diathermancy.
- n. The character of being transmissible.
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The authors also go on to explain that the danger posed by a virus isn't based solely on its lethality, but also on its transmissibility, which is the ability to jump from animals to humans and to survive by mutating to adapt to its new human host.
Smith gestures toward a definition of epidemics that focuses on its transmissibility, via communication or transportation lines, though in some cases, the term comes awfully close to existing in the eye of the beholder.
There are also cultural beliefs in play regarding the usage of condoms and transmissibility of the disease.
So if a virus like 1918 gained easy human transmissibility, it could make the 1918 pandemic -- the deadliest plague ever -- look like the regular flu.
Should a pig become co-infected with both strains, a hybrid mutant could theoretically arise with human transmissibility of swine flu and the human lethality of bird flu.
If such a move in turn brought about an exchange of genetic information, marrying the multidrug resistance of the hospital strain with the transmissibility and virulence of the community strain, the result would be a superbug indeed.
It revealed a so-far unmatched combination of transmissibility, virulence, and resistance.
So if a virus like 1918 gained easy human transmissibility, it could make the 1918 pandemic--the deadliest plague ever--look like the regular flu.
Rous expected the tumor transmission to stop, but instead, the tumors continued propagating with a ghostly efficacy—at times even increasing in transmissibility as the cells had progressively vanished.
We provide a quantitative assessment of transmissibility based on past outbreaks that shows that the average number of secondary cases per primary case ([R. sub.0]) was 1.3