devitalize

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

Definition of devitalize

: 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

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First Known Use of devitalize

1849

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devitalize

transitive verb de·vi·tal·ize
variants: or British devitalise play \(ˈ)dē-ˈvīt-ᵊl-ˌīz\

medical Definition of devitalize

devitalized or British devitalised; devitalizing or British devitalising
: to deprive of life or vitality: as
a : to refine (as foodstuffs) to the point that essential or desirable constituents are lost
b : to subject (a tooth or its pulp) to devitalization


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