cur·​able | \ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl, ˈkyər-\

Definition of curable 

: capable of being cured a curable illness

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Other Words from curable

curability \ ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , ˌkyər-​ \ noun
curableness \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs , ˈkyər-​ \ noun
curably \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē , ˈkyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of curable in a Sentence

Most cases are curable with proper treatment.

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State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments. Washington Post, "State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C," 9 July 2018 Doctors told the couple that Wilkin’s cancer was treatable, but not curable. Char Adams,, "Mom with Terminal Cancer Plans to Give Family 'a Roadmap' for Her Death: 'It Gives Me Comfort'," 26 June 2018 While my breast cancer isn't curable, treatment has come a long way. Woman's Day, "Why Kathy Townsend Doesn't Let Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis Stop Her From Living," 9 July 2018 Infections and illnesses are curable in most cases, involving combinations of antibiotics taken over a few months. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Johns Hopkins Evacuates Two Lab Buildings After Tuberculosis Scare," 5 July 2018 Some still try to treat homosexuality as a curable condition. Crispin Sartwell, WSJ, "Conversion Therapy Isn’t the Cure for ‘Toxic Masculinity’," 1 June 2018 According to the American Lung Association, only 18 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed early, which is when the disease is most curable. Michelle Ward Trainor,, "Shantel VanSanten Wants You to Test Your Home for Lung Cancer-Causing Radon: 'It's Preventable'," 7 May 2018 If treated early, Hodgkin's can be highly curable, but Hudson was in late Stage 3. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "After making it out of darkness, Harry Hudson is on a quest for meaning and light," 26 Apr. 2018 Unlike many cancers that are curable if detected early, pancreatic tumors are quick to metastasize. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why Pancreatic Cancer Is on the Rise," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of curable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of curable

: possible to cure


cur·​able | \ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of curable

: possible to bring about recovery from : possible to cure a curable disease


cur·​able | \ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of curable 

: capable of being cured

Other Words from curable

curability noun plural -ties

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