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[ik-sahy-tuh-buh l]
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  1. easily excited: Prima donnas had the reputation of being excitable and temperamental.
  2. capable of being excited.
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Origin of excitable

From the Late Latin word excitābilis, dating back to 1600–10. See excite, -able
Related formsex·cit·a·ble·ness, nounex·cit·a·bly, adverbnon·ex·cit·a·ble, adjectivenon·ex·cit·a·ble·ness, nounnon·ex·cit·a·bly, adverbun·ex·cit·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·cit·a·ble·ly, adverb


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1. emotional, passionate, fiery.


1. placid.
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  1. easily excited; volatile
  2. (esp of a nerve) ready to respond to a stimulus
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Derived Formsexcitability or excitableness, nounexcitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for excitable


c.1600, from Late Latin excitabilis "inciting, animating," from excitare (see excite). Related: Excitability.

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excitable in Medicine


  1. Capable of reacting to a stimulus. Used of a tissue, cell, or cell membrane.
  2. Capable of emotional arousal.
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Related formsex•cit′a•bili•ty null n.
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