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 treatable (audio) \ noun

Examples of treatable in a Sentence

The infection is treatable with antibiotics.
Recent Examples on the Web If employees are found with such conditions, the audit said operators wouldn’t be forced to resign or transfer jobs because those conditions are treatable. Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2021 Only three fatal cases have been identified and were associated with rare blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which are now treatable. Rick Pearson,, 21 Aug. 2021 The couple receive relatively good news from the doctor: Adam's case was caught early and is very treatable. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021 The good news is the fear of needles can be treatable. Kate Watson, Allure, 8 July 2021 Seeing a doctor is important not only because the infection can be diagnosed by stool exams, but also because the parasite is treatable with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, an antibiotic combination, according to Dr. Sears. Colleen Murphy,, 29 June 2021 In other words, Lyme was seen as a champagne problem: a mild, treatable disease that affected a small number of people only in certain—wealthy—regions. Mandy Oaklander, Time, 17 June 2021 The good news is that OCD is treatable, but the first step is receiving an accurate diagnosis. Jaime Stathis, Wired, 2 June 2021 The condition is completely treatable with medications like antibiotics, according to the Mayo Clinic. Jessica Toscano, SELF, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of treatable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Treatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of treatable

: 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 treatable (audio) \ noun, plural treatabilities

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