un·​re·​sect·​able ˌən-ri-ˈsek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unresectable (audio)
: not capable of being surgically removed : not resectable
an unresectable tumor

Examples of unresectable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enhertu was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on May 4 for adult patients with unresectable or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 8 June 2022 The company has tested this drug in combination with its drug Opdivo in patients with untreated metastatic or unresectable melanoma. Leah Rosenbaum, Forbes, 26 May 2021 For a new therapy, it would be considered a rousing success: The clinical trial that led to the approval of Yervoy (ipilimumab) to treat metastatic or unresectable melanoma reported a survival benefit of four months associated with the drug. Stephen Ornes, chicagotribune.com, 7 Nov. 2019 These clinical trial results assessing IMFINZI in unresectable Stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer following chemoradiation have ushered in the next era in lung cancer treatment. Astrazeneca, USA TODAY, 3 June 2019 Beyond Incyte’s failed combination trial, other proof-of-concept trials are ongoing in patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma, non-small-cell lung cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Raymond J. Tesi, STAT, 23 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unresectable was in 1939

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“Unresectable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unresectable. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


un·​re·​sect·​able -ri-ˈsek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unresectable (audio)
: not capable of being surgically removed
an unresectable tumor
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