inoperable

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

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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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 forms of inoperable

inoperability or inoperableness, nouninoperably, adverb
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Medical definitions for inoperable

inoperable
[ ĭn-ŏpər-ə-bəl, -ŏprə- ]

adj.

Unsuitable for a surgical procedure.

Other words from inoperable

in•op′er•a•bili•ty n.
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