curable

adjective
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 curable (audio) , ˌkyər-​ \ noun
curableness \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce curable (audio) , ˈkyər-​ \ noun
curably \ ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce curable (audio) , ˈkyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of curable in a Sentence

Most cases are curable with proper treatment.
Recent Examples on the Web Starting with penicillin, antibiotics transformed the practice of medicine, making diseases like pneumonia curable and more complicated surgeries possible. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Sen. Cassidy explains why he’s backing a bill aimed at drug-resistant bacteria," 27 Feb. 2021 When caught in the earliest stage, skin cancer is completely curable. Noma Nazish, Forbes, "The Biggest Skin Cancer Myths You Should Stop Believing," 25 Feb. 2021 During the global response to the HIV pandemic, the research efforts that produced the first effective antiretroviral therapies also advanced the state of knowledge around everything from the common flu to hepatitis C, which is now curable. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "The Forever Disease: How Covid-19 Became a Chronic Condition," 2 Feb. 2021 For most long-haulers, the illness is neither fatal nor curable. Shayna Skarf, STAT, "Denied treatment, some Covid long-haulers could become lifelong-haulers," 28 Jan. 2021 Palliative care is the medical specialty that helps improve the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses — everything from the curable, such as trauma or certain cancers, to those that bring people to the end of their days. Los Angeles Times, "A family’s COVID-19 dilemma: Hope he lives or help him die," 23 Dec. 2020 The good news was that the doctors told him it one of the most curable forms of cancer. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "From cancer survivors to starters, Brodarious Hamm and Tashawn Manning share inextricable bond," 26 Nov. 2020 If detected early, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable cancers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Woman wants ex-husband out of her life, and her house," 30 Oct. 2020 If detected early, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable cancers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My ex-husband won’t give me space," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of curable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Curable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curable. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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curable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of curable

: possible to cure

curable

adjective
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

curable

adjective
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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