Definition of inoperable
1 : not treatable or remediable by surgery an inoperable brain tumor
2 : inoperative
Examples of inoperable in a Sentence
a patient with inoperable cancer
The device makes the car inoperable when a key is not used to start it.
Recent Examples of inoperable from the Web
City officials said that upgrades to Forsyth County’s 800 MHz radio system — on which the city operates — will make existing radios inoperable by 2018.
Radioactive Scorpion Venom Synthesize the venom of the deadly yellow Israeli scorpion, attach a radioactive substance called iodine-131, and inject it into patients with inoperable brain cancer.
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Origin and Etymology of inoperable
probably from French inopérable
First Known Use: 1886
INOPERABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inoperable for English Language Learners
medical : not able to be corrected or removed by surgery
: not capable of being used
Medical Definition of inoperable
: not treatable or remediable by or suitable for surgery an advanced and inoperable cancer a developing cataract still inoperable
inoperability\(ˌ)in-ˌäp-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural
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