[ kuh-myoo-ni-kuh-buhl ]
/ kəˈmyu nɪ kə bəl /
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capable of being easily communicated or transmitted: communicable information; a communicable disease.
talkative; communicative.



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Origin of communicable

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin commūnicābilis, equivalent to commūnicā(re) (see communicate) + -bilis-ble

OTHER WORDS FROM communicable

com·mu·ni·ca·bil·i·ty, com·mu·ni·ca·ble·ness, nouncom·mu·ni·ca·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for communicable

/ (kəˈmjuːnɪkəbəl) /


capable of being communicated
(of a disease or its causative agent) capable of being passed on readily

Derived forms of communicable

communicability or communicableness, nouncommunicably, adverb
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Medical definitions for communicable

[ kə-myōōnĭ-kə-bəl ]


Transmittable between persons or species; contagious.
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Scientific definitions for communicable

[ kə-myōōnĭ-kə-bəl ]

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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