treat·able | \ˈtrē-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun

Examples of treatable in a Sentence

The infection is treatable with antibiotics.

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Six of the children were airlifted to Galveston on June 7 after a Shriners medical team on the ground in Guatemala determined their injuries were treatable with state-of-the-art care. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Guatemalan child dies after being treated in Galveston for burns from volcano eruption," 21 June 2018 Kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease, is treatable with routine dialysis every two to three days. NBC News, "Another cause of doctor burnout: Being forced to give immigrants unequal care," 1 June 2018 Over 90% of youth who die by suicide suffer from depression or another diagnosable and treatable mental illness at the time of their death. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, "New York and Virginia to Require Mental Health Education," 3 July 2018 Many of these wouldn’t happen at all in people who were housed, or would be easily treatable in early stages in people who had access to primary health care. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 This serious condition, which is temporary and treatable, comes with a number of symptoms, including hallucinations, delusional thoughts, severe mood swings, paranoia, and insomnia. Alexa Tsoulis-reay, The Cut, "I Was Convinced I Might Kill My Child," 31 May 2018 Arrhythmias, which aren’t always dangerous, are often treatable when caught in time. Korin Miller, SELF, "Think You Know How to Do CPR? You Might Be Wrong," 31 May 2018 Researchers have continued the hunt for a screening tool that could better detect lung cancer in earlier, more treatable stages, but with mixed results. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Research Yields Progress Against Lung Cancer," 4 June 2018 As a result, many women aren’t aware just how common and treatable many of these conditions are. Trihealth,, "This month's episode: Women's pelvic health," 27 Mar. 2018

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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 \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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evasion of direct action or statement

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