[op-er-uh-buh l, op-ruh-]


that can be treated by a surgical operation.Compare inoperable(def 2).
capable of being put into use, operation, or practice.

Origin of operable

1640–50; < Late Latin operābilis, equivalent to operā(rī) to work + -bilis -ble
Related formsop·er·a·bil·i·ty, nounop·er·a·bly, adverbnon·op·er·a·ble, adjective
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capable of being treated by a surgical operation
capable of being operated
capable of being put into practice
Derived Formsoperability, nounoperably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for operable

1640s, "practicable," from operate + -able, or else from Late Latin operabilis. Surgical sense, "capable of treatment by operation," recorded by 1904. Related: Operability.

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operable in Medicine


[ŏpər-ə-bəl, ŏprə-]


Being treatable by surgical operation with a reasonable degree of safety and chance of success.
Related formsop′er•a•bili•ty n.
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