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inoperable

[in-op-er-uh-buh l, -op-ruh-buh l] /ɪnˈɒp ər ə bəl, -ˈɒp rə bəl/
adjective
1.
not operable or practicable.
2.
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).
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; in-3 + operable
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British Dictionary definitions for in-operable

inoperable

/ɪnˈɒpərəbəl; -ˈɒprə-/
adjective
1.
incapable of being implemented or operated; unworkable
2.
(surgery) not suitable for operation without risk, esp (of a malignant tumour) because metastasis has rendered surgery useless
Derived Forms
inoperability, inoperableness, noun
inoperably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for in-operable

inoperable

adj.

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

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in-operable in Medicine

inoperable in·op·er·a·ble (ĭn-ŏp'ər-ə-bəl, -ŏp'rə-)
adj.
Unsuitable for a surgical procedure.


in·op'er·a·bil'i·ty n.
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