cur·​able | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce curable (audio) , 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 How to pronounce curability (audio) , ˌkyər-​ \ noun
curableness \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce curableness (audio) , ˈkyər-​ \ noun
curably \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce curably (audio) , ˈkyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of curable in a Sentence

Most cases are curable with proper treatment.
Recent Examples on the Web However, most prevalent forms of pediatric cancer are curable with generic medications. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Rep. McCaul’s Global Hope Act brings lifesaving cancer treatments to children in developing nations," 3 Jan. 2020 Caught early, through either a digital rectal exam (DRE) or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, this disease is nearly always curable. Armin Brott,, "How to save your husband’s life," 22 Nov. 2019 Incurable diseases provoke more cures than curable ones: when the black plague reigned, leaves and ritual burnings proliferated to protect you, even if none could. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Summer of Shark Politics on Cape Cod," 22 Aug. 2019 The melanoma was also stage one, which is much more curable than a later stage. As Told To Hannah Harper,, "This Influencer’s Birthmark Turned Out to Be Melanoma: 'I Could Feel It Growing'," 12 Sep. 2019 By and large, lung cancer is only curable when detected early. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know," 2 Sep. 2019 Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. Robert Gatenby, Scientific American, "Darwin’s Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use," 3 Aug. 2019 Nancy and Barbara Lowry were identical twins, and a noncancerous blood disease in one had been curable by cells from the other, a vanishingly rare occurrence. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 Stage one prostate cancer is generally slow growing and curable, according to the cancer treatment provider Texas Oncology. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Megachurch Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell announces prostate cancer diagnosis," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of curable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Curable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of curable

: possible to cure


cur·​able | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce curable (audio) \

Kids Definition of curable

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


cur·​able | \ ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce curable (audio) \

Medical Definition of curable

: capable of being cured

Other Words from curable

curability noun, plural curabilities

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