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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Recent Examples on the Web Since 2006, the procedure has been permitted in Colombia in cases of rape, nonviable pregnancy and when the life or health of the mother was in danger. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2022 And Lacteol Fort, made from nonviable cells from L. acidophilus, is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 The law makes no exceptions for nonviable pregnancies in which the fetus has no chance of survival. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Bhatnager blamed staff and administrators for a freezer disaster in 2018 that rendered 4,000 eggs and embryos nonviable. John Caniglia, cleveland, 17 June 2021 The idea is that female plants will latch onto it and produce nonviable seeds. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 That’s when temperatures in the freezer rose, leaving the eggs and embryos nonviable. John Caniglia, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021 In a scathing affidavit, the former director of the embryology lab at University Hospitals’ Ahuja Medical Center blamed administrators and staff for the malfunction that rendered 4,000 embryos and eggs nonviable in 2018. John Caniglia, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021 Clinics also help negotiate refunds or replacements for nonviable donor sperm. Tonya Russell, The Atlantic, 21 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nonviable

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonviable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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