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Definition of "inoperable" [inoperable]

  • Not functioning; inoperative. (adjective)
  • Unsuitable for a surgical procedure: an inoperable tumor. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inoperable" in a sentence
  • "But Allison Frey, whose aggressive form of thyroid cancer spread to her liver in inoperable patches, says that approach has made her cancer an illness she can manage much like a diabetic manages insulin."
  • "When something is called inoperable, basically that means that performing an operation will actually cause more harm than good."
  • "Some of the discussion will revolve around the definition of "inoperable" used in PARTNER B and the use of "standard" therapy in these patients."