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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
granarium is susceptible to esfenvalerate exposure and possessed no tolerance in the godowns against esfenvalerate.
In studies of adaptive value and competitive ability performed with Cyperus difformis, resistant plants susceptible to ALS inhibitor herbicides showed similar behavior and did not differ between them when compared to plant height (Dal Magro et al., 2011).
In vitro susceptibility results revealed that all the 171 (100%) CPE isolates susceptible to PolymyxinB, while susceptibility against Fosfomycin and Tigecycline was 132 (77%) and 49 (29%) respectively.
All Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus were susceptible to amikacin and vancomycin (100% each).
The isolates showed highest rates of susceptibility to carbapenems with 65.5% of the isolates being susceptible to meropenem followed by imipenem (63.7%) and doripenem (55.8%).
aureus isolates, classified as MRSA if found resistant to cefoxitin, methicillin, or oxacillin and as methicillin susceptible if susceptible to those antimicrobials.
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 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 average disease severity on highly susceptible to susceptible lines were very high in contrast to moderately resistant and resistant.
On the basis of disease severity index, entries varied only slightly in their reaction to blight but none was found to be free from the disease, 13 lines appeared to be moderately susceptible to moderately resistant producing satisfactory yields.
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