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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The cost of housing and feeding inmates is far greater than the cost of giving care for treatable medical conditions, not to mention the human and economic toll of neglecting mental illness, estimated to be $100 billion annually. WSJ, "Hospitals Lose With Medicaid Expansion," 6 Nov. 2018 Though the condition is treatable, decreased fertility is still more likely in men who have had this condition. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 During that time, complications can arise — infection, seroma (fluid accumulation), delayed healing, bleeding — but most are treatable. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 Given Pennsylvania’s recent legalization of medical marijuana and the generous list of treatable conditions provided in the enabling legislation, the impact on heroin addiction should be significant. Christine M. Flowers,, "I don't speak language of compassion on injection sites | Christine Flowers," 16 Feb. 2018 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

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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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