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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Transmissible \Trans*mis"si*ble\, a. [Cf. F. transmissible.] Capable of being transmitted from one to another; capable of being passed through any body or substance.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from Latin transmiss-, stem of transmittere "send across, carry over" (see transmit) + -ible. Related: Transmissibility.


a. 1 able to be transmitted 2 (context medicine English) capable of being transmitted from one person to another; contagious

  1. adj. (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection [syn: catching, communicable, contagious, contractable, transmittable]

  2. tending to occur among members of a family usually by heredity; "an inherited disease"; "familial traits"; "genetically transmitted features" [syn: familial, genetic, hereditary, inherited, transmitted]

  3. inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent; "ancestral home"; "ancestral lore"; "hereditary monarchy"; "patrimonial estate"; "transmissible tradition" [syn: ancestral, hereditary, patrimonial]


Usage examples of "transmissible".

Anderson and Goldberger above referred to, measles is rarely transmissible after the fever has gone down.