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nonviable

[non-vahy-uh-buh l] /nɒnˈvaɪ ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of living, growing, and developing, as an embryo, seed, or plant.
2.
not practicable or workable:
a nonviable plan.
Origin of nonviable
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; non- + viable
Related forms
nonviability, noun
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  • In such a case must the surgeon let the mother die lest he hasten the death of a non-viable child?

non-viable in Medicine

nonviable non·vi·a·ble (nŏn-vī'ə-bəl)
adj.
Not capable of living or developing independently. Used especially of an embryo or a fetus.

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