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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There are more nonfunctioning lights on the road today than there ever used to be. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Mechanics can't find source of stalling engine, but Motormouth has diagnosis," 13 June 2017 The ocular prosthesis can be nearly spherical, like the eyeball, or cup-like, to fit over an existing, malformed and nonfunctioning eye. Christopher Wanjek, Fox News, "3D-printed 'eyes' could help blind children's faces grow naturally," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonfunctioning

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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