de·​vi·​tal·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce devitalize (audio) \
devitalized; devitalizing; devitalizes

Definition of devitalize

transitive verb

: to deprive of life, vigor, or effectiveness

Other Words from devitalize

devitalization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌvī-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce devitalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of devitalize in a Sentence

overuse has devitalized many a once-striking figure of speech she was devitalized by the infection
Recent Examples on the Web Miller’s writing début may have been precipitated by her assault, but the final work devitalizes its horrific beginnings. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2019 His lip was completely destroyed with multiple linear lacerations, jagged lacerations, devitalized tissue, denervated tissue with a 12 cm laceration in multiple pieces of the entire left upper lift, the mucosal surface, and orbicularis. Edmund H. Mahony,, 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of devitalize

1849, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for devitalize


transitive verb
variants: or British devitalise \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈvīt-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce devitalize (audio) \
devitalized or British devitalised; devitalizing or British devitalising

Medical Definition of devitalize

: 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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