Definition of communicable in English:



  • 1Able to be communicated to others.

    ‘the value of the product must be communicable to the potential consumers’
    • ‘Contributions made to the record of each patient by various health care professionals should be communicable to all other professionals involved in the patient's care process.’
    • ‘Of course, I'm not sure how communicable his skills are.’
    • ‘This understanding should be communicable to others, at least in the form of examples, and possibly (preferably) in the form of some general theory of software quality.’
    1. 1.1(of a disease) able to be transmitted from one sufferer to another; contagious or infectious.
      ‘the fight against communicable disease’
      ‘a highly communicable form of conjunctivitis’
      • ‘It is estimated that nearly 60-70 per cent of all disabilities are due to preventable causes like malnutrition, communicable diseases, childhood infections or accidents.’
      • ‘In addition to paediatrics and infectious and communicable diseases, he long fostered an interest in environmental hazards, such as air pollution.’
      • ‘The women and children suffer from malnutrition, communicable diseases, lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities.’
      • ‘Services that are important for public health (such as treatment of communicable diseases, immunisation of children, family planning, antenatal care) are often exempt from fees.’
      • ‘The success of the immunization programs against these highly communicable diseases have wiped them from our collective memory.’
      • ‘They state that consultants in communicable disease control provide a valuable role in assessing and explaining the relative risks.’
      • ‘These common communicable diseases cannot be eliminated if the levels of immunisation in the community fall below a critical value.’
      • ‘Vaccination has a heroic history in the control of communicable diseases.’
      • ‘What if the virus mutates into something considerably more communicable, or something that can't easily be detected and screened out of the blood supply with current tests?’
      • ‘People are forced into overcrowded camps and public buildings, and spread of communicable diseases is facilitated.’
      • ‘Most of the communicable diseases are transmitted through water.’
      • ‘At this point, the mortality rate among infected humans is running right at about 50 percent, but that hardly means that is what it would look like if the virus became human-to-human communicable.’
      • ‘Every duck, chicken and goose on the island had to be killed, and Webster considered it ‘a near miss for our species’: the strain could pass from animals to humans but wasn't communicable between humans themselves.’
      • ‘The infected student, who's identity remains confidential, had a form of tuberculosis that was potentially communicable through the air.’
      • ‘While it is a serious step to limit a person's freedom of movement, there seems to be little alternative in the case of highly infectious communicable diseases.’
      • ‘The progress ranges from substantial successes in reducing infant mortality and increasing life span to the reduction of childhood malnutrition and the prevalence of communicable, infectious diseases.’
      • ‘This is why they are called infectious or communicable diseases.’
      • ‘The importance of people taking medicines extends beyond individuals to communities when medicines are crucial for treatment of communicable diseases and prevention of transmission.’
      • ‘It requires donor screening and testing to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases.’
      • ‘Some of our friends here are suffering from communicable diseases like scabies and coughs.’
      contagious, infectious, transmittable, transmissible, transferable, conveyable, spreadable, spreading
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘communicating, having communication’): from Old French, from late Latin communicabilis, from the verb communicare to share (see communicate).