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 untreatable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of untreatable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actor passed away in his Northern California home on Monday morning from an untreatable form of cancer. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Michael Nader, the actor best known for playing Alexis Colby's second husband, Dex Dexter, on the prime-time ABC soap opera Dynasty, died Monday at his home in Northern California from an untreatable form of cancer. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 25 Aug. 2021 Every headache was a brain tumor; every ache was cancer; every rash was something untreatable and fatal. Molly Jong-fas, Vogue, 26 Aug. 2021 In the worst case, the water would be untreatable, forcing the cities to use alternate supplies for a time. New York Times, 24 June 2021 These lessons learned provide a model for finding treatments for the thousands of currently untreatable diseases and the millions of people who live with them. George Vradenburg, STAT, 29 May 2021 Doctors say the procedure could help others with tracheal birth defects, untreatable airway diseases or extensive damage from ventilators. Star Tribune, 6 Apr. 2021 Since then, canine distemper, an untreatable virus that can infect many types of carnivores, has spread among Amur tigers across the subspecies' range in Russia's far east. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 26 Mar. 2021 Last year, Barnette was diagnosed with Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, an untreatable degenerative brain disorder. al, 23 Feb. 2021

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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. 2021.

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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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