sublethal

adjective
sub·​le·​thal | \ ˌsəb-ˈlē-thəl How to pronounce sublethal (audio) \

Definition of sublethal

: less than but usually only slightly less than lethal a sublethal dose

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Other Words from sublethal

sublethally \ ˌsəb-​ˈlē-​thə-​lē How to pronounce sublethal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sublethal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The third is that this dosage was sublethal, just to send a message. Ellen Barry And Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "The Nerve Agent Too Deadly to Use, Until Someone Did," 13 Mar. 2018 There’s a growing body of evidence, too, that neonicotinoids may have sublethal effects, says Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a bee researcher at the University of Maryland who was not involved in the new study. Lindsey Konkel, National Geographic, "These Pesticides Could Be Birth Control for Bees," 26 July 2016 There’s a growing body of evidence, too, that neonicotinoids may have sublethal effects, says Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a bee researcher at the University of Maryland who was not involved in the new study. National Geographic, "These Pesticides Could Be Birth Control for Bees," 26 July 2016

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First Known Use of sublethal

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Sublethal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sublethal. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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sublethal

adjective
sub·​le·​thal | \ ˌsəb-ˈlē-thəl, ˌsəb- How to pronounce sublethal (audio) \

Medical Definition of sublethal

: less than but usually only slightly less than lethal a sublethal dose

Other Words from sublethal

sublethally \ -​thə-​lē How to pronounce sublethal (audio) \ adverb

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