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

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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 Senior living can’t change health and safety measures that protect residents from the virus and other communicable diseases. Dr. Eric George, Forbes, "Why 'Essential' Industries Should Care About The Consumer Experience," 12 Apr. 2021 In Asia, mask wearing has been widely accepted as a way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases., "Asian Americans, many for the first time, are giving children and elderly parents ‘The Talk’ on how to protect themselves from hate," 27 Mar. 2021 All children are screened under CDC guidelines for preventing and controlling communicable diseases, Weber said. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Immigrant children in federal care haven’t escaped COVID-19 infection," 24 Mar. 2021 The bill would also deliver $210 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help shore up practices meant to prevent or contain the spread of communicable diseases. Washington Post, "Watchdog groups laud proposals to ramp up patient care in nursing homes and call for additional reforms," 9 Mar. 2021 Smallpox and the spread of communicable disease was very much on the minds of the school systems in Maryland in this era. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Vaccinations, married teachers, and contagious diseases were topics of concern for public school officials in the 1870s," 26 Mar. 2021 Most deaths in Guinea remain associated with communicable, maternal, and neonatal diseases and nutritional disorders. Jacqueline Weyer, Quartz Africa, "A recent Ebola outbreak puts Guinea’s “muscle memory” to the test," 27 Feb. 2021 The tournament was covered for 2020, with a policy that included protections for communicable disease outbreaks that reportedly could pay out as much as $140 million. New York Times, "What Helped Save Some Sports From Financial Ruin May Not Happen Again," 26 Feb. 2021 Vaccines are the answer to communicable diseases, spread from one person to another. Steven Levy, Wired, "Anthony Fauci Pleads: Don’t Declare Victory," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Communicable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 communicable (audio) \ noun, plural communicabilities

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