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1. not susceptible of being cured.
2. a person with a disease that cannot be cured.
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Denoting a disease or morbid process unresponsive to medical or surgical treatment.
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1. Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable: an incurable disease.
2. Incapable of being altered, as in disposition or habits: an incurable optimist; an incurable smoker.

in·cur′a·bil′i·ty n.
in·cur′a·ble n.
in·cur′a·bly adv.
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Not able to be remedied by currently available medical means. The progress of medical science in the 20th century repeatedly showed that what is incurable today is often remediable tomorrow.
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Subscale M (SD) 95% CI Dangerousness 2.68 (0.80) 2.60, 2.76 Poor social relation 2.55 (0.73) 2.48, 2.62 and incurability Shame 1.22 (1.30) 1.09, 1.34 Full BMI scale 2.47 (0.65) 2.41, 2.54 Table 5: Difference in attitude scores by sociodemographic characteristics.
Factor df MS F P 2.sub.p] Cluster Mainly Depending on Patient's Request Type of Suffering 1 92.20 1.35 .26 .08 Incurability 1 17.62 0.52 .48 .03 Patient's Request 2 2 774.11 57.00 .001 .78 Patient's Age 2 132.77 13.02 .001 .45 Cluster Mainly Depending on Patient's Age Type of Suffering 1 156.71 7.51 .01 .25 Incurability 1 46.63 2.48 .13 .10 Patient's Request 2 361.68 25.47 .001 .54 Patient's Age 2 3 392.03 74.51 .001 .77 Cluster Mainly Acceptable Type of Suffering 1 245.27 4.35 .05 .15 Incurability 1 7.34 0.27 .61 .01 Patient's Request 2 688.78 31.46 .001 .56 Patient's Age 2 638.24 45.63 .001 .64 Request x Age 4 14.76 4.78 .001 .17
Gonzalez did not hesitate in affirming more than once the incurability in the case of Elena and that there was no other choice but her confinement.
Its incurability and its link to sexual transmission breeds fear among the infected and the affected, and this leads to social stigma, which is the isolation and discrimination of the infected and their families.
Until recently, mental health professionals subscribed to the concept of chronicity, the belief that those who suffer from chronic mental illness were doomed to a life sentence of hopelessness, despair and incurability.
It concluded by questioning whether the "untreatability" of psychosomatic illnesses is in reality a "lack of treatment," whether "incurability" is really "lack of cure" (Onnis, 1988a).
exaggerated fears of communicability and, unfortunately, more accurate perceptions of incurability.(101)
Moreover, Larson observes parents struggling with the issue of the incurability, while at the same time remaining hopeful for the future of the child as they actively pursue solutions which the community can offer.
As Kolb appreciated, under the regime proposed by Votta a determination of incurability would confer a valuable privilege (maintenance), and thus there would be considerable incentive for addicts to be so diagnosed, including those who might succeed in "scientific treatment." While conceding that the Harrison Act "has not improved [Mr.
Finally he considers problems connected with bioethics such as euthanasia and on that basis outlines some philosophical ideas on incurability, meaning, time, suffering and anguish.
[28] The twelve-month period with regard to humans is thus only an estimate, and the crucial factor in the definition of terefah is the medical diagnosis of incurability.