[kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buh l]
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Origin of communicable

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin commūnicābilis, equivalent to commūnicā(re) (see communicate) + -bilis -ble
Related formscom·mu·ni·ca·bil·i·ty, com·mu·ni·ca·ble·ness, nouncom·mu·ni·ca·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for communicable


  1. capable of being communicated
  2. (of a disease or its causative agent) capable of being passed on readily
Derived Formscommunicability or communicableness, nouncommunicably, 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


  1. Transmittable between persons or species; contagious.
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communicable in Science


  1. 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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