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.
Recent Examples on the Web However, Black women are up to 40% more likely to die from the treatable disease. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Black Woman Needs to Understand About Breast Cancer," 4 Sep. 2020 Scientists argued there are other ways to minimize the chances of passing HIV to children, and AIDS is treatable. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Expert panel lays out guidelines for germline editing, while warning against pursuit of ‘CRISPR babies’," 3 Sep. 2020 The condition, which is rarely fatal, is typically treatable with heart medications to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate in addition to medications that can help manage stress. Leah Groth,, "'Broken Heart Syndrome' Has Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic, New Study Says," 13 July 2020 Reasons for boycotting the litter box range from a very treatable bladder infection to switching to a new litter to introducing a new cat into the home. Traci Howerton,, "Here's how to keep your kitty in the pink during Happy Cat Month and beyond," 2 Sep. 2020 While out of work — and without insurance — Jeans was diagnosed with a treatable type of throat cancer that could soon take his life. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Sedona resident, a former conservative Republican, to speak at Democratic National Convention," 11 Aug. 2020 Infectious diseases, including many that are treatable, remain the leading cause of death in low-income countries, due in large part to poor and inconsistent access to healthcare resources. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Trends That Will Shape Science in the 2020s," 25 Feb. 2020 Reasons for this new, unwanted behavior can range from a common and very treatable bladder infection to switching to a new litter to introducing a new cat or other pet into the home. Traci Howerton,, "When your cat stops using the litter box, there's usually a good reason," 6 Aug. 2020 In the late 1970s, the writer Audre Lorde was diagnosed with breast cancer, treatable then only with surgery and radiation. Joseph Osmundson, The New Republic, "Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning," 30 July 2020

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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 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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