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.

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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 Melanoma, when recognized and treated early, is almost always curable. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "A’s Stephen Piscotty diagnosed with form of skin cancer," 14 June 2019 Many cancers, including certain types of breast or colon cancer, are already curable. Shefali Luthra,, "Promising to cure cancer is easy politics. The science is much more difficult," 22 June 2019 Michael Meaney, a professor of neurology at McGill University, explains that most common mental health disorders are preventable, if not necessarily curable. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "The scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens," 22 June 2019 Who would have believed Hepatitis C would be treatable or curable? Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "HIV, Hep A, measles. CDC director shares his priority list of diseases to wipe out in Florida.," 19 June 2019 And new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) say that problem is a global one: Worldwide, about a million new curable STIs are contracted every day. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Million New STIs Are Contracted Every Day, the WHO Says," 7 June 2019 Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis are all curable and HIV can be prevented by taking daily PrEP. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 The couple are very optimistic because both their cancers are curable. Megan Harney, Good Housekeeping, "Husband and Wife Both Receive Heartbreaking Cancer Diagnoses," 19 June 2015

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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 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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