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Susceptibility may refer to:
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, pharmacology, and medicine drug susceptibility is the ability of a microorganism to be inhibited or killed by the drug, as in antibiotic susceptibility, the susceptibility of microorganisms to antibiotics (often used synonymously with the lay term sensitivity)
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
- The vulnerability of a target audience to particular forms of psychological warfare
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