adjective \(ˌ)in-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl\

medical : not able to be corrected or removed by surgery

: not capable of being used

Full Definition of INOPERABLE

:  not treatable or remediable by surgery

Examples of INOPERABLE

  1. a patient with inoperable cancer
  2. The device makes the car inoperable when a key is not used to start it.


probably from French inopérable
First Known Use: 1886


adjective \(ˈ)in-ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INOPERABLE

: not treatable or remediable by or suitable for surgery <an advanced and inoperable cancer> <a developing cataract still inoperable>
in·op·er·a·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)in-ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural in·op·er·a·bil·i·ties


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