[in-op-er-uh-buh l, -op-ruh-buh l]
Origin of inoperable
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Examples from the Web for inoperable
ABC News reported Monday morning that Scott had inoperable brain cancer.Tony Scott’s Death a Reminder of the Quiet Scourge of Elderly Suicide
August 20, 2012
A week ago, Bill called to tell me that he had pancreatic cancer and that it was inoperable.Remembering Bill Safire
September 27, 2009
The third case is that of an inoperable cancer and an inviable child.
The fourth case supposes the cancer is inoperable but the child viable.
In inoperable cases benefit may follow the use of the X-rays, or of radium.
- incapable of being implemented or operated; unworkable
- surgery not suitable for operation without risk, esp (of a malignant tumour) because metastasis has rendered surgery useless
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Word Origin and History for inoperable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Unsuitable for a surgical procedure.
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