un·​treat·​able | \ ˌən-ˈtrē-tə-bəl How to pronounce untreatable (audio) \

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 How to pronounce untreatably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of untreatable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our father, Paul Nichols, a practicing physician, died in 1944 at age forty-four of acute leukemia, untreatable at that time. Simon Callow, The New York Review of Books, "Early Life isn’t Everything," 24 Sep. 2020 Many mental health professionals refuse to work with BPD sufferers and consider the disorder untreatable. Yasmin Lajoie, refinery29.com, "“Tomorrow I’ll Be Someone Else”: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder," 3 Sep. 2020 In the past, Dodd has worked in labs designated BSL-4, the highest level, which can handle airborne pathogens that may be untreatable. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020 His son Andrew said the cause was a combination of pulmonary fibrosis and a more recent emergence of lung cancer that was untreatable because of the fibrosis. John Schwartz, New York Times, "Paul Marks, Who Pushed Sloan Kettering to Greatness, Dies at 93," 5 May 2020 For some patients, a single dose erases any trace of aggressive, otherwise untreatable cancer. Damian Garde, STAT, "3 trends in biotech to watch in 2020," 26 Dec. 2019 Traditional cancer treatment—continuously bombarding cancer cells with drugs—can encourage drug-resistant cells to multiply, eventually creating an untreatable tumor. ... Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "A New Approach to Cancer Treatment Draws Lessons From Darwin," 7 Jan. 2020 About 50 years ago, hypertension was considered untreatable. Dana Goldman, The Conversation, "Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches," 27 Jan. 2020 The pig disease — a highly contagious and untreatable outbreak that is not fatal to humans but can be spread by us — has now extended swiftly out of China. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Responds Slowly, and a Pig Disease Becomes a Lethal Epidemic," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of untreatable

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Untreatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untreatable. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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un·​treat·​able | \ -ˈtrēt-ə-bəl How to pronounce untreatable (audio) \

Medical Definition of untreatable

: not susceptible to medical treatment untreatable patients an untreatable disease

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