treat·​able | \ ˈtrē-tə-bəl How to pronounce treatable (audio) \

Definition of treatable

: capable of being treated : yielding or responsive to treatment a treatable disease

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treatability \ ˌtrē-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce treatability (audio) \ noun

Examples of treatable in a Sentence

The infection is treatable with antibiotics.

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But back to Carter's mental health reveal: His conditions are all serious (but treatable) mental health conditions that are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Christina Oehler,, "Aaron Carter Reveals He Has Multiple Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder on 'The Doctors'," 11 Sep. 2019 Despite its name and fatal history in the Middle Ages, the plague is rare and generally treatable, at least in the United States. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Plague-infected prairie dogs have shut down parts of a Denver suburb," 17 Aug. 2019 There have been only 33 deaths from this lymphoma so it’s very treatable. Naseem S. Miller,, "Textured breast implant recall: What you need to know," 7 Aug. 2019 After lobbying from patient support advocacy groups, chronic pain was included as a condition treatable by medical marijuana in Florida through a referendum vote in 2016. Shannon Larson,, "Connecticut faces growing pressure to add chronic pain to medical marijuana program," 6 July 2019 But viral infections are the most likely causes of pink eye, and not treatable with antibiotics. Scientific American, "Meet the Eye Microbiome," 23 June 2019 Shelters must commit to save healthy or treatable animals even when a shelter is full, and to only utilize euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Milpitas community briefs for the week of June 7," 7 June 2019 That doesn’t mean it’s not treatable at all; options such as a lumpectomy or mastectomy along with chemotherapy can help, the CDC explains. Suzanne Zuppello, SELF, "Women With Triple Negative Breast Cancer Share Their Tips for Taking Care of Themselves," 31 May 2019 That kind of language perpetuates stigma, when the reality is that bipolar disorder is a diagnosable and treatable mental illness. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Bebe Rexha Said She Has Bipolar Disorder," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of treatable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of treatable

medical : capable of being improved or cured with medical care


treat·​able | \ ˈtrēt-ə-bəl How to pronounce treatable (audio) \

Medical Definition of treatable

: capable of being treated : yielding or responsive to treatment a treatable disease

Other Words from treatable

treatability \ ˌtrēt-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce treatability (audio) \ noun, plural treatabilities

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