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[kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buh l] /kəˈmyu nɪ kə bəl/
capable of being easily communicated or transmitted:
communicable information; a communicable disease.
talkative; communicative.
Origin of communicable
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin commūnicābilis, equivalent to commūnicā(re) (see communicate) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
communicability, communicableness, noun
communicably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for communicable
  • Non-communicable diseases account for the majority of deaths worldwide.
  • Language, the ever evolving medium that transforms our experience into something communicable, evolves into simplicity.
  • Her defense team immediately distanced themselves from her, as if she had been carrying a communicable disease.
  • In some countries these beliefs are so common that they are no longer recognized as an aggressive and communicable mental disease.
  • The rapid spread and development of communicable diseases in certain areas of the world has every country's government on edge.
  • The veterinarian will first check for parasites, then check for diseases that are communicable to humans.
  • He lived in a sparsely settled world where communicable diseases were rare, so his immune system had not evolved to fight them.
  • The virus causes warts and benign tumors, which are communicable.
  • And the results and conclusions of this experiment will be easily communicable.
  • Tetanus is one of those weird vaccines in that it is the only one that protects against a disease that is not communicable.
British Dictionary definitions for communicable


capable of being communicated
(of a disease or its causative agent) capable of being passed on readily
Derived Forms
communicability, communicableness, noun
communicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for communicable

late 14c., from Old French communicable, from Late Latin communicabilis, from communicare (see communication).

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communicable in Medicine

communicable com·mu·ni·ca·ble (kə-myōō'nĭ-kə-bəl)
Transmittable between persons or species; contagious.

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communicable in Science
Capable of being transmitted from a person or animal to another person or animal, either through direct or indirect transmission, including insect or other vectors. Chickenpox is a communicable disease.
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