non·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˌnän-ˈä-p(ə-)rə-tiv How to pronounce nonoperative (audio) , -ˈä-pə-ˌrā- \

Definition of nonoperative

: not involving surgery or consisting of an operation nonoperative treatment of a fracture nonoperative management of spinal stenosis

Examples of nonoperative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In many cases, similar or better results can be achieved using options including multidisciplinary care that includes an expert nonoperative physician, physical therapy and lifestyle interventions. Greg Licholai, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 Another call came in about the handrail, then a call about an emergency-exit gate at Fort Hamilton Parkway with a nonoperative magnet. Andy Newman, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 But behind the model are a set of assumptions about the relationship between China and the U.S. that are suddenly and dramatically nonoperative. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2019 Candidates for surgery have attempted nonoperative treatments without relief of symptoms. Tj Gibson, azcentral, 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of nonoperative

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonoperative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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non·​op·​er·​a·​tive | \ -ˈäp-(ə-)rət-iv, -ˈäp-ə-ˌrāt- How to pronounce nonoperative (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonoperative

: not involving an operation nonoperative treatment

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