nonfunctioning

adjective non·func·tion·ing \ ˌnän-ˈfəŋ(k)-sh(ə-)niŋ \

Definition of nonfunctioning

1 : not performing or able to perform a function : not functioning : nonfunctional
  • a nonfunctioning telephone
  • a nonfunctioning kidney
2 medical, of a tumor : not secreting hormones or not secreting hormones that produce clinical symptoms
  • a nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma
  • nonfunctioning islet cell tumors

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First Known Use of nonfunctioning

1869


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nonfunctioning

adjective non·func·tion·ing \ -ˈfəŋ(k)-sh(ə-)niŋ \

medical Definition of nonfunctioning

1 : not performing or able to perform a regular function
  • a nonfunctioning thyroid
2 of a tumor : not secreting hormones or not secreting hormones which produce clinical symptoms
  • a nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma
  • nonfunctioning islet cell tumors

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