capable of being easily communicated or transmitted: communicable information; a communicable disease.
Origin of communicable
1350–1400; Middle EnglishRelated formscom·mu·ni·ca·bil·i·ty, com·mu·ni·ca·ble·ness, nouncom·mu·ni·ca·bly, adverb
< Late Latin commūnicābilis,
equivalent to commūnicā(re
) (see communicate
) + -bilis -ble
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Derived Formscommunicability or communicableness, nouncommunicably, adverb
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 communicability
late 14c., from Old French communicable, from Late Latin communicabilis, from communicare (see communication).
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communicability in Medicine
Transmittable between persons or species; contagious.
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communicability 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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