susceptible to

susceptible to (something)

1. Easily influenced or impressed by something. The poor fellow has always been susceptible to the honeyed words of young women. You'll find that the board of directors is not susceptible to persuasion once they have made a decision.
2. Liable to contract or be afflicted by something. I was always susceptible to asthma and pneumonia as a child, so I spent most of my time indoors. Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to the 'flu, so we always recommend that they receive a vaccination each year heading into winter.
3. Very sensitive to or easily irritated by something. The strong medication ended up damaging the lining in my stomach, making me very susceptible to alcohol and spicy food. My mother is susceptible to certain kinds of laundry detergent, which makes it very unpleasant for her to stay in hotels or other people's homes.
4. Admitting, yielding readily to, or capable of some specific treatment. The cancer is no longer susceptible to radiation, so I'm afraid our options are limited. Because of its allegorical nature, the novel is susceptible to a wide variety of interpretations.
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susceptible to something

1. easily persuaded; easily influenced. The students were susceptible to the allure of drugs. The young revolutionaries were susceptible to propaganda.
2. likely to contract a sickness; likely to become sick. People with AIDS are susceptible to pneumonia. Infants and the elderly are more susceptible to illness than other people.
See also: susceptible
References in classic literature ?
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelop; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
M'Dougal seems to have had a heart susceptible to the influence of the gentler sex.
All Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus were susceptible to amikacin and vancomycin (100% each).
The evolutionary basis that resulted in some avian species to be susceptible to ISD (eg, dietary cause) seems to differ from many inherited ISD disorders in humans that are thought to have evolved to bolster protection against infectious diseases.
The susceptible strain used had been in continuous culture in the laboratory since the late 1980's without the introduction of any whiteflies collected from the field, and, therefore, would be expected to be highly susceptible to the insecticides.
The average disease severity on highly susceptible to susceptible lines were very high in contrast to moderately resistant and resistant.
2 : having little resistance (as to infection or damage) <I am susceptible to colds.
In fact, they are recommending cutting down all infested trees and trees susceptible to infestation in a two-square-mile area in northern Worcester - potentially 20,000 trees.
Researchers at Missouri State University and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are working to find and suppress the genes that make grapevines susceptible to fungal diseases.
2,4) (The term "multiple drug resistance" applies to a serotype that is resistant or intermediately susceptible to 3 or more antimicrobials.
Both organisms were susceptible to vancomycin, teicoplanin, chloramphenicol, linezolid, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, and rifampin.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recommends drinking enough liquid to produce at least 2 quarts of urine daily if you are susceptible to kidney stones.
These results suggest that DJ-1 normally protects against oxidative stress and that its inactivation may leave neurons susceptible to oxidative damage.
Chapters examine the human body muscle by muscle, describing the different aches and pains that can result from stress or injury in each muscle, and teach readers about the "trigger points" in muscles that are particularly susceptible to damage and use pain as a warning sign to prevent even more serious injury.