One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Able to be treated or cured medically.
curable, treatable, operableView synonyms
- ‘We're no longer sure whether despair is a sin, as the Bible says, or a medicable illness, or a rational response to an insane world.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘possessing medicinal properties’): from Latin medicabilis, from medicari ‘administer remedies to’ (see medicate).
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