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Physics and engineering
- In physics, the susceptibility of a material or substance describes its response to an applied field
- The two types of susceptibility above are examples of a linear response function; sometimes the terms "susceptibility" and "linear response function" are used interchangeably.
- In electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), susceptibility is the sensitivity of a device's function to incoming electromagnetic interference.
Health and medicine
- In epidemiology, a susceptible individual is a member of a population who is at risk of becoming infected by a disease
- In microbiology and pharmacology, antibiotic susceptibility (antibiotic sensitivity) is the susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics
Botany and environmental science
- Susceptibility to pathogens is the extent to which a plant, vegetation complex, or ecological community would suffer from a pathogen if exposed, without regard to the likelihood of exposure
- It should not be confused with vulnerability, which by convention in this field takes into account both the effect of exposure and the likelihood of exposure
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