Definition of inoperable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɒp(ə)rəb(ə)l/


1 Medicine Not able to be suitably operated on: inoperable cancer
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  • A 63 year old man with pneumonia was admitted three weeks after he had been discharged after investigation and, ultimately, a diagnosis of an aggressive inoperable lung cancer.
  • Surgical resection of the pancreas using Whipple's procedure remains the mainstay of therapy, but many cases of pancreatic cancer are inoperable.
  • She had just been diagnosed with inoperable rectal cancer and faced months of chemotherapy and biological therapy plus the annoyance of having an ileostomy.
2Not able to be used: the airfield was bombed and made inoperable
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  • And as groups which emphasize their military nature, they should certainly know better than to point any gun, even an inoperable one, at someone whom they're not about to justifiably shoot.
  • Although the deal called for such heavy arms as mortars and rocket-propelled grenades to be surrendered to the Marines, all they have received is a small assortment of rusty, inoperable weapons.
  • Well, remember, there are some over 200,000 tons that have been found and destroyed and made inoperable by our spectacular service people who work in the coalition.
unusable, out of action, out of order, out of service, not in service, not operative, not in operation, not working, non-active, unable to be used
3Not able to be implemented; impractical: the procedures were inoperable
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  • Many of them know, as indeed we know on this side of the House, that if we accept the amendments that have been put forward, the questioning process from a practical point of view will be rendered inoperable.
  • The Doctrine of pre-emption becomes inoperable without unimpeachable intelligence accepted by all as the coin of the realm.
  • The uneasy separation of motive from outcome, which he blithely assumes in theory, is inoperable in practice.



Pronunciation: /ɪnɒp(ə)rəˈbɪlɪti/
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  • Endoscopic ultrasound may help identify inoperable patients by providing tissue proof of inoperability in a single staging test, with similar sensitivity for identifying inoperable patients as other staging tests.
  • Patients with preoperative needle biopsies showing inoperability did not undergo additional open biopsy because it was considered unethical in light of the very low false-positive rate of cytology.
  • The result for ovarian cancer was of borderline significance, although patients with stage unknown had a generally worse prognosis than those with stage IV disease, presumably reflecting inoperability.


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  • Whatever their complicated relationship, they are viscerally, inoperably conjoined.
  • He survived his war experiences and, although 50% disabled as a result of being gassed and having a shell inoperably lodged in his abdomen, led a life of service to his country.
  • She survived, through the bullet, inoperably lodged in her brain, kept her in a coma for five years.

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