: not treatable or remediable by surgery
Examples of INOPERABLE
- a patient with inoperable cancer
- The device makes the car inoperable when a key is not used to start it.
Origin of INOPERABLE
probably from French inopérable
First Known Use: 1886
Related to INOPERABLE
- down, inoperative, kaput (also kaputt), malfunctioning, nonfunctional, nonfunctioning, nonoperating, on the blink, on the fritz, out of commission
- functional, functioning, operable, operant, operating, operational, operative, running, working
in·op·er·a·ble adjective \(ˈ)in-ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl\ (Medical Dictionary)
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