treatable

adjective

treat·​able ˈtrē-tə-bəl How to pronounce treatable (audio)
: capable of being treated : yielding or responsive to treatment
a treatable disease
treatability noun

Example Sentences

The infection is treatable with antibiotics.
Recent Examples on the Web Though Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is treatable, around 80% of those dependent on opioids suffer a relapse, according to research. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 15 Nov. 2022 Health officials say patients missing preventive care visits, general medical appointments, elective surgeries, or other care could increase the risk of an illness worsening or of death from conditions that were otherwise preventable or treatable. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 30 July 2022 Life expectancy here is just 54 years, and the vast majority of people die from preventable or treatable causes. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 So far in 2022, the number of cases of meningococcal disease—a serious, but preventable and treatable illness—have already surpassed the five-year average, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). Korin Miller, Health.com, 11 Apr. 2022 The idea that aging might one day be treatable, like a disease, was gaining ground in the world of medical research, and among Silicon Valley’s richest men. Tom Simonite, WIRED, 13 Oct. 2022 Stand Up To Cancer is transforming pancreatic cancer into a treatable disease. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Obesity is a medical condition, a treatable disease. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 21 Dec. 2021 Cardiomyopathy, a heart-muscle disease, is treatable with medication. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of treatable was in the 14th century

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“Treatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treatable. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

treatable

adjective
treat·​able ˈtrēt-ə-bəl How to pronounce treatable (audio)
: capable of being treated : yielding or responsive to treatment
a treatable disease
treatability noun
plural treatabilities

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