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not susceptible to treatment by surgery.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
in·op·er·a·ble(in-op'ĕr-ă-bĕl), Avoid confusing this word with inoperative.
Denoting that which cannot be operated on, or a condition that cannot likely be cured by surgery.
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1. Not functioning; inoperative.
2. Unsuitable for a surgical procedure: an inoperable tumor.
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inoperableadjective Referring to a Pt's condition, especially, a disseminated CA, that won't benefit from surgery
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Denoting a condition that which cannot be operated on, or cannot be corrected or removed by an operation.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
inoperableReferring to the stage in a disease, normally treated by surgery, beyond which surgery is not feasible or useful. The term is commonly applied to cancer that has spread widely. Many conditions once universally considered inoperable are now treated by surgery.
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