non·​vi·​a·​ble | \ ˌnän-ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce nonviable (audio) \

Definition of nonviable

: not viable : not capable of living, growing, developing, or functioning successfully nonviable cells a nonviable solution … states that adopted the insurance reforms into law might find their markets nonviable without the federal subsidies and mandates.— Timothy Jost

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The incident March 3-4, in which rising temperatures in a cryogenic freezer rendered 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos nonviable, has raised many questions about life, death and technology. Julie Washington,, "Are frozen embryos human life? Fertility treatments present ethical dilemmas," 11 Apr. 2018 But the drug is also used as a standard treatment during miscarriages to help speed the process of expelling nonviable tissue, as an alternative to surgery. Robert Langreth And Aziza Kasumov,, "Walgreens beefs up pharmacist training after woman denied drug after miscarriage," 26 June 2018 Instead of abandoning nonviable stores, though, these companies are thinking about turning them into warehouses and fulfillment centers. Staff, WIRED, "WIRED’S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More," 22 May 2018 Abnormal embryos — which appear to have the wrong number of chromosomes — are almost universally considered nonviable and discarded by other fertility doctors. Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post, "This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation," 14 May 2018 The freezer's temperature fluctuation resulted in about 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos being rendered nonviable, affecting 950 patients. Julie Washington,, "University Hospitals details response to fertility freezer incident in memo to staff," 25 Apr. 2018 The leadership change comes about a month after UH first announced temperature problems with a fertility freezer that caused 4,000 frozen embryos and eggs to be rendered nonviable. Julie Washington,, "Dr. James Liu named primary lead of UH fertility clinic," 11 Apr. 2018 The hospital has not disposed of any nonviable embryos, Liu said. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Tuesday, March 27, 2018," 27 Mar. 2018 The risk has been discussed for years: China has too much debt and has used it to finance nonviable projects. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Investors: 3 Things That Can Go Wrong in 2018," 21 Dec. 2017

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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non·​vi·​a·​ble | \ -ˈvī-ə-bəl How to pronounce nonviable (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonviable

: not capable of living, growing, or developing and functioning successfully nonviable embryos

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