inoperable

adjective in·op·er·a·ble \ (ˌ)in-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-bəl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of inoperable

1 :not treatable or remediable by surgery
  • an inoperable brain tumor

Examples of inoperable in a Sentence

  1. a patient with inoperable cancer

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

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Origin and Etymology of inoperable

probably from French inopérable


INOPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

inoperable

adjective

Definition of inoperable for English Language Learners

  • medical : not able to be corrected or removed by surgery

  • : not capable of being used


Medical Dictionary

inoperable

adjective in·op·er·a·ble \ (ˈ)in-ˈäp-(ə-)rə-bəl \

medical Definition of inoperable

:not treatable or remediable by or suitable for surgery
  • an advanced and inoperable cancer
  • a developing cataract still inoperable

inoperability

play \(ˌ)in-ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties


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