Denoting a disease or morbid process that is unresponsive to medical or surgical treatment.

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in·cur·able (')in-'kyu̇r-ə-bəl adj impossible to cure <an \incurable disease>
in·cur·ably -blē adv

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in·cur·a·ble (in-kūrґə-bəl) not susceptible of being cured.

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