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inoperable

[ in-op-er-uh-buh l, -op-ruh-buh l ]
/ ɪnˈɒp ər ə bəl, -ˈɒp rə bəl /
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adjective

not operable or practicable.
Medicine/Medical. not admitting of a surgical operation because the pathological condition is not amenable to cure by surgery or because of undue risk.Compare operable(def 1).

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inoculum, inodorous, inoffensive, inofficious, inofficious will, inoperable, inoperative, inoperculate, inopportune, inordinate, inorg.

Origin of inoperable

First recorded in 1885–90; in-3 + operable
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British Dictionary definitions for inoperable

inoperable

/ (ɪnˈɒpərəbəl, -ˈɒprə-) /

adjective

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
Derived Formsinoperability or inoperableness, nouninoperably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inoperable

inoperable


adj.

1856, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + operable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for inoperable

inoperable

[ ĭn-ŏpər-ə-bəl, -ŏprə- ]

adj.

Unsuitable for a surgical procedure.
Related formsin•op′er•a•bili•ty n.
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