non·​struc·​tur·​al ˌnän-ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce nonstructural (audio)
: not part of a structure : not relating to, affecting, or contributing to the structure of something
free-standing panels and other nonstructural elements
nonstructural movable parts
of a viral protein : expressed in an infected cell but not incorporated into the virion particle
nonstructural proteins

Examples of nonstructural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sublime’s formula was recently used in a nonstructural part of the ground floor in a building in Boston. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 The fact that there was minimal impact to nonstructural parts of the building, such as staircases and facades, is also significant, according to Pei. Todd Woody, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2023 Students at the Winter Hill Community Innovation School in Somerville will attend classes in alternative locations for the rest of the school year as officials determine what repairs are needed after a nonstructural piece of concrete fell in a stairwell last week, officials said Monday. Emily Sweeney,, 5 June 2023 But mortar and concrete for nonstructural components, like non-load-bearing wall partitions and low-impact floor pavers, could tolerate having up to 40 percent of their aggregates swapped for diaper material. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 21 May 2023 The 29 proteins come in three main categories: structural proteins that make up the outer coat; nonstructural proteins (NSPs), most of which help the virus replicate; and accessory proteins, several of which appear to subdue the host’s immune response. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 11 Mar. 2021 There are two major categories of viral proteins: structural and nonstructural. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 2 May 2022 But while structured exercise is crucial, daily nonstructural movement is also key to living a long and healthy life. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2022 Here, the nonstructural proteins help with viral replication by regulating transcription and impairing host defenses. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 2 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonstructural was in 1879

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“Nonstructural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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