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devitalize

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verb de·vi·tal·ize \(ˌ)dē-ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz\

Definition of devitalize

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to deprive of life, vigor, or effectiveness

devitalization

play \-ˌvī-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


Examples of devitalize in a sentence

  1. <overuse has devitalized many a once-striking figure of speech>

  2. <she was devitalized by the infection>



1849

First Known Use of devitalize

1849

Rhymes with devitalize

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Medical Dictionary

devitalize

transitive verb de·vi·tal·ize

Medical Definition of devitalize

devitalized

or British

devitalised

;

devitalizing

or British

devitalising

  1. :  to deprive of life or vitality: asa:  to refine (as foodstuffs) to the point that essential or desirable constituents are lostb:  to subject (a tooth or its pulp) to devitalization



Variants of devitalize

or British

devitalise

\(ˈ)dē-ˈvīt-əl-ˌīz\play

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