un·​treat·​able | \ˌən-ˈtrē-tə-bəl \

Definition of untreatable 

: not yielding or responsive to medical treatment : not treatable an untreatable disease These infections cause an untreatable degeneration of the nervous system …— Jared Diamond The location of the cancer rendered him untreatable by further surgery.— Nancy J. Kubel

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untreatably \ ˌən-​ˈtrē-​tə-​blē \ adverb

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Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London gave 258 men with the otherwise untreatable cancer the immunotherapy agent Keytruda (pembrolizumab). Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Prostate cancer drug Keytruda shows positive results in a few men during first clinical trial," 4 June 2018 Though Landen did not die immediately, the injury was untreatable and therefore no lifesaving medical intervention was withheld, it was argued. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Lawyer: Man charged in son's death apparently took his own life on Father's Day," 26 June 2018 Other novel technologies like gene therapy have the potential to help previously untreatable patients. Charley Grant, WSJ, "What Is Ailing the Drug Industry?," 22 June 2018 More careful use of antibiotics could help avoid a near-untreatable strain of S. typhi emerging. The Economist, "A strain of typhoid could become virtually untreatable," 26 Apr. 2018 However, a subsequent visit to Alfie and consultation with his doctors led the Roman doctors to conclude that the child's condition is irreversible and untreatable, according to a statement from Alder Hey. Susan Scutti, CNN, "British toddler Alfie Evans' fate to be decided by UK High Court," 25 Apr. 2018 The scientists also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria like those that have become nearly untreatable at area hospitals. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses," 17 Apr. 2018 Experts have identified only one remaining oral antibiotic — azithromycin — to combat it; one more genetic mutation could make typhoid untreatable in some areas. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak," 13 Apr. 2018 This video, produced by the CDC, outlines the dangers out untreatable gonorrhea. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "U.K. man contracts drug-resistant gonorrhea; Arizona sees rise in cases," 6 Apr. 2018

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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un·​treat·​able | \-ˈtrēt-ə-bəl \

Medical Definition of untreatable 

: not susceptible to medical treatment untreatable patients an untreatable disease

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