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 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, "Fix Everything Wrong at 23 Subway Stations? It Beats His Last Job," 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, "Big Questions—and a Few Answers—Coming Out of the Detroit Auto Show," 17 Jan. 2019 Candidates for surgery have attempted nonoperative treatments without relief of symptoms. Tj Gibson, azcentral, "Get back in the game: Don’t let Cubital Tunnel Syndrome limit you," 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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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