com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce communicable (audio) \

Definition of communicable

1 : capable of being communicated : transmittable communicable diseases a communicable skin rash — see also communicable disease
2 : communicative prove myself a gentleman, by being … virtuous and communicable— Izaac Walton

Other Words from communicable

communicability \ kə-​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce communicable (audio) \ noun
communicableness \ kə-​ˈmyü-​ni-​kə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce communicable (audio) \ noun
communicably \ kə-​ˈmyü-​ni-​kə-​blē How to pronounce communicable (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of communicable in a Sentence

communicable diseases that are usually transmitted sexually
Recent Examples on the Web High demand can create delays in testing turnaround time at public health labs, said Bryon Backenson, the director of communicable diseases at the New York State Department of Health. Madison Muller,, 16 June 2022 One of the main roles of public health departments is to gather health information about communicable diseases and convey that information to the public so that outbreaks do not spread further. Daphne Chen, Journal Sentinel, 7 June 2022 Many organizations are more interested in communicable diseases such as HIV or malaria than [in] mental illness. Adie Vanessa Offiong, CNN, 2 June 2022 In the past, studies have found interesting associations between certain genetic variants and people’s susceptibility to communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and the flu. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2022 And health departments routinely track outbreaks of communicable diseases and inspect restaurants for pathogens or vermin. Sam Whitehead And Julie Appleby, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 They will also be required to be vaccinated against communicable diseases. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 But whether the administration fights to defend the mandate would probably have more to do with preserving the federal government's power to prevent the spread of communicable diseases -- a power that could be useful in the future. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 In her ruling, Judge Mizelle adopted a narrow interpretation of the authority Congress granted to the C.D.C. to issue rules aimed at preventing the interstate spread of communicable diseases. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of communicable

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of communicable was circa 1533

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26 Jun 2022

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“Communicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for communicable


com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce communicable (audio) \

Kids Definition of communicable

: able to be passed to another person a communicable disease


com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​ble | \ kə-ˈmyü-ni-kə-bəl How to pronounce communicable (audio) \

Medical Definition of communicable

: capable of being transmitted from person to person, animal to animal, animal to human, or human to animal : transmissible

Other Words from communicable

communicability \ -​ˌmyü-​ni-​kə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce communicable (audio) \ noun, plural communicabilities

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