in·​cur·​able | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce incurable (audio) \

Definition of incurable

: not curable an incurable disease broadly : not likely to be changed or corrected incurable optimism

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Other Words from incurable

incurable noun
incurably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce incurably (audio) \ adverb

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an incurable flirt at school dances

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Chronic wasting disease is incurable and can be transmitted among deer species, including the whitetail deer, the most popular large-game target for American hunters. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Disease Threatening Deer Population Has Spread to 26 States," 7 Feb. 2019 Diagnosed at around age 5 with optic nerve atrophy, an incurable and often progressive disease that damages the nerve connecting the eyes to the brain, Terri doesn’t just defy conventional images of blindness. Peg Rosen, Good Housekeeping, "Blindness Can't Stop Me from Living the Life I Want to Live," 14 Sep. 2018 Breathing in tiny silica particles has been linked to lung cancer, liver disease and an incurable swelling of the lungs. Garance Burke, The Seattle Times, "Tenants allege Kushner firm pushed them out of their homes," 17 July 2018 And while medications can clear up STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, others, like herpes and HIV, are incurable. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "How to Talk to Your Partner About Getting Tested With Minimal Weirdness," 25 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately, many kinds of boxwoods are susceptible to an incurable fungal disease called boxwood blight. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 Now, drugs based on immunotherapy, such as Keytruda, Yervoy, Opdivo, and Tecentriq, have prolonged the lives of hundreds of people with cancers that would be otherwise incurable. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Cancer Breakthrough That Just Won the Nobel Prize, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Last year, an incurable disease that devastated Florida groves, along with Hurricane Irma, led to a shortage of oranges from the state. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "More Bad News for the Orange Juice Market," 15 Oct. 2018 Well into the 1950s, addicts were considered hopelessly incurable. Hillel Aron, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Story of This Drug Rehab-Turned-Violent Cult Is Wild, Wild Country-Caliber Bizarre," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incurable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incurable

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin incurabilis, from Latin in- + curabilis curable

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English Language Learners Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure : not curable
: not likely to be changed


in·​cur·​able | \ in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce incurable (audio) \

Kids Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure an incurable disease

Other Words from incurable

incurably \ -​blē \ adverb


in·​cur·​able | \ (ˈ)in-ˈkyu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce incurable (audio) \

Medical Definition of incurable

: impossible to cure an incurable disease

Other Words from incurable

incurably \ -​blē How to pronounce incurably (audio) \ adverb

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