Origin of communicable
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Examples from the Web for communicable
Hunt said the state is seeking to treat the disease as all other communicable diseases are treated.Kansas Quarantine Bill Has HIV/AIDS Advocates Up in Arms
April 2, 2013
Oh, how convey any warning of this terrible knowledge, which is not communicable by words!The Golden Fountain
To be communicable it must become picture or sensible object.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Diphtheria is an acute, specific, infectious, communicable disease.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
Many diseases and much sickness are preventable that are not communicable.Civics and Health
William H. Allen
But the outcome has to be expressed in words if it is to be communicable.The Analysis of Mind
- capable of being communicated
- (of a disease or its causative agent) capable of being passed on readily
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Word Origin and History for communicable
late 14c., from Old French communicable, from Late Latin communicabilis, from communicare (see communication).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Transmittable between persons or species; contagious.
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- 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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