[med-i-kuh-buh l]


responsive to medical treatment; curable.

Origin of medicable

First recorded in 1610–20, medicable is from the Latin word medicābilis healing, curative. See medical, -able
Related formsmed·i·ca·bly, adverbnon·med·i·ca·ble, adjectiveun·med·i·ca·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for medicable

Historical Examples of medicable

  • It was the Aqua Tofana, undiluted, instantaneous in its effect, and not medicable by antidotes.

    Under the Witches' Moon

    Nathan Gallizier

  • It was the aqua tofana undiluted by mercy, instantaneous in its effect, and not medicable by any antidote.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

British Dictionary definitions for medicable



potentially able to be treated or cured medically
Derived Formsmedicably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for medicable

1610s, from Latin medicabilis "curable," from medicare (see medical).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

medicable in Medicine




Potentially responsive to treatment with medicine; curable.
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