inert


in·ert

adjective \i-ˈnərt\

: unable to move

: moving or acting very slowly

chemistry : not able to affect other chemicals when in contact with them : not chemically reactive

Full Definition of INERT

1
:  lacking the power to move
2
:  very slow to move or act :  sluggish
3
:  deficient in active properties; especially :  lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action
inert noun
in·ert·ly adverb
in·ert·ness noun

Examples of INERT

  1. an inert and lifeless body
  2. How does he propose to stimulate the inert economy and create jobs?

Origin of INERT

Latin inert-, iners unskilled, idle, from in- + art-, ars skill — more at arm
First Known Use: 1647

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

in·ert

adjective \in-ˈərt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INERT

1
: lacking the power to move
2
: deficient in active properties; especially : lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action <an inert drug>
in·ert·ness noun

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