untreatable

adjective

un·​treat·​able ˌən-ˈtrē-tə-bəl How to pronounce untreatable (audio)
: 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
untreatably adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Spencer, a 13-year-old who in recent years became a beloved figure on the race route, was recently diagnosed with untreatable liver cancer. Kate Armanini, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Jan. 2023 Many neurodegenerative diseases, or conditions that result from the loss of function or death of brain cells, remain largely untreatable. Kristine Zengeler, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2022 The bacterial cause of cholera, rendered effectively untreatable. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 9 Apr. 2011 Today, immune cell therapy offers hope to people with cancer and other previously untreatable diseases. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 It was created under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) of 1992, legislation born from the efforts of HIV/AIDS activists to tear down regulatory hurdles to getting new drugs to people dying of the then-untreatable disease. Mikkael A. Sekeres, STAT, 21 Oct. 2022 His condition was, at the time, untreatable; he was futilely instructed to work no more than four hours a day. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 The superbugs are resistant to all or nearly all antibiotics, kill up to half of patients who contract bloodstream infections, and can transfer their antibiotic resistance to other related bacteria, potentially making the other bacteria untreatable. BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2022 The superbugs are resistant to all or nearly all antibiotics, kill up to half of patients who contract bloodstream infections, and can transfer their antibiotic resistance to other related bacteria, potentially making the other bacteria untreatable. BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untreatable was in 1865

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“Untreatable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untreatable. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

untreatable

adjective
un·​treat·​able -ˈtrēt-ə-bəl How to pronounce untreatable (audio)
: not susceptible to medical treatment
untreatable patients
an untreatable disease
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