inoperable

[in-op-er-uh-buhl, -op-ruh-buhl]
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:
1885–90; in-3 + operable

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inoperable (ɪnˈɒpərəbəl, -ˈɒprə-)
 
adj
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
 
inopera'bility
 
n
 
in'operableness
 
n
 
in'operably
 
adv

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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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Example sentences
Below a certain level of precision the inefficiency of the gearing would make the whole thing inoperable.
The device, which is in preclinical tests in mice, can be implanted in inoperable tumors during a routine biopsy.
We have been told by an oncology surgeon that her case is inoperable.
My mechanic told me that the motor is inoperable and must be replaced.
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