devitalize

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

Definition of devitalize 

transitive verb

: to deprive of life, vigor, or effectiveness

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Other Words from devitalize

devitalization \ -​ˌvī-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Examples of devitalize in a Sentence

overuse has devitalized many a once-striking figure of speech she was devitalized by the infection

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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, courant.com, "Biker Sentenced For Savage Hells Angels Beating," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of devitalize

1849, in the meaning defined above

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devitalize

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