submaximal

adjective sub·max·i·mal \ ˌsəb-ˈmak-s(ə-)məl \
variants: or sub-maximal

Definition of submaximal

: less than maximal : not at the greatest or highest possible level
  • submaximal exertion
  • One hundred twenty asymptomatic patients underwent a submaximal treadmill exercise test two to three weeks after an acute myocardial infarction.
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submaximally

or sub-maximally adverb
    • [Don] Mattingly said left-hander Paco Rodriguez … is throwing submaximally but will not return to the Dodgers before rosters expand.
    • —Pedro Moura

First Known Use of submaximal

1876

in the meaning defined above

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submaximal

adjective sub·max·i·mal \ ˌsəb-ˈmak-s(ə-)məl \

medical Definition of submaximal

: being less than the maximum of which an individual is capable
  • submaximal exercise

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