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

Examples of nonviable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The malfunction took place March 3, 2018, when temperatures rose in a cryopreservation tank, rendering the embryos and the eggs of more than 900 families nonviable. John Caniglia, cleveland, "UH freezer malfunction update: More than 150 families settle lawsuits in loss of embryos," 29 Sep. 2019 As land prices and wine prices become locked in a vicious circle, each forcing the other higher and higher, even purchasing wine becomes nonviable for many. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Battle for Napa Valley’s future: Proposed curb on vineyards divides county," 9 Apr. 2018 The short paper describes his preclinical work using CRISPR and its Cas9 enzyme to modify CCR5 in nonviable human embryos. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Russian geneticist answers challenges to his plan to make gene-edited babies," 13 June 2019 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

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1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonviable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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