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tr.v. a·vert·ed, a·vert·ing, a·verts
1. To turn away: avert one's eyes.
2. To keep from happening; prevent: averted an accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at prevent.

[Middle English averten, from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere : ā-, ab-, away from; see ab-1 + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

a·vert′i·ble, a·vert′a·ble adj.
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Adj.1.avertable - capable of being avoided or warded offavertable - capable of being avoided or warded off
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Nevertheless, all medication errors are potentially avertable and this can be ensured by establishing systems and procedures to warrant that the right patient gets the right medication in the correct dose at the correct time through the right route [2-4].
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It showed that with the right health investments, the international community could achieve a "grand convergence" in global health--a reduction in avertable infectious, maternal, and child deaths down to universally low levels--within a generation.