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
2 : communicative prove myself a gentleman, by being … virtuous and communicable— Izaac Walton

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Other Words from communicable

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

Examples of communicable in a Sentence

communicable diseases that are usually transmitted sexually
Recent Examples on the Web Along with a rise in asthma attacks, the housing crisis has produced a surge in health problems, including communicable diseases, viruses and head lice. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "In California: The state's housing crunch is literally making people sick," 13 Feb. 2020 As a reminder, as with any communicable disease, public health officials recommend that the infected stay away from the healthy, and that the healthy wash their hands frequently. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Kent State restricts university-sponsored travel to China over coronavirus fears," 4 Feb. 2020 In this age of super bugs and global travel, most countries have stringent plans for how to contain communicable diseases such as the coronavirus. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Deutsche Bank’s ‘annus horribilis’ reveals the true cost of negative interest rates," 30 Jan. 2020 Maternal disorders such as postpartum infections were the most common non-communicable disease that resulted in sepsis. Jen Christensen, CNN, "1 in 5 deaths globally are due to sepsis, study says -- many more than previously estimated," 16 Jan. 2020 Nearly 1,000 of these applications cited communicable disease as the cause for ineligibility. Sophie Chou, ProPublica, "Despite Audit, Doctors With Checkered Records Can Still Decide Fate of Green Card Seekers," 12 Dec. 2019 In recent years, concerns about communicable bird diseases have caused the owners to close the farm to tours and take extra precautions in handling the turkeys., "Newspaper clippings documenting the success of Bob’s Turkey farm are framed on the wall in their general store.," 27 Nov. 2019 In June, an ICE official told CNN that the agency had successfully prevented communicable diseases from spreading in the past, but added that the recent wave of quarantines would likely lead to increased time in detention and delays in deportations. Will Mullery, CNN, "A doctor said he saw mold growing on the walls in ICE detention. But he couldn't do anything -- he was detained, too," 1 Nov. 2019 Lisa Ferguson, the communicable diseases manager for the health department, said the person passed through international arrivals and went through customs and immigration between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. oregonlive, "Measles risk at Portland International Airport after sick person passes through," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Communicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of communicable

medical : able to be passed to another person


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 communicability (audio) \ noun, plural communicabilities

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