American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not functioning; inoperative.
- adj. Unsuitable for a surgical procedure: an inoperable tumor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That cannot be operated on.
- adj. Incapable of being successfully surgically operated on.
- adj. Incapable of correct operation or function; inoperative.
- adj. not able to perform its normal function
- adj. not suitable for surgery
“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.”
“Yet two mind-numbing revelations make that word inoperable: 1. the scientists at East Anglia University have admitted they threw away most of the raw temperature data on which their conclusions about global warming are based; 2. the BBC has admitted they were aware of this story over a month ago and refused to report it.”
“He then proclaimed the Vision and Values statement "inoperable" since the group failed to comply with OSHA guidelines during the infiltration.”
“KING: When someone says something you to like "inoperable" or "terminal" or those kinds of words, how do you deal with that?”
“I walked by that seat on the way back and all I saw was a sign that said 'inoperable' and nothing wrong with the actual seat.”
“Personally I went the surgical route. radiation is an option but any surgeon will tell you that radiation treatments, although an alternative to surgury leave one "inoperable" if the cancer re-occurs post treatment. that is why I went surgical.”
“The database shows that for some institutions, the cost of upgrading all "inoperable" buildings to "sound, operationally safe" would be a good chunk of their annual institutional income.”
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