verb (used with object), de·vi·tal·ized, de·vi·tal·iz·ing.

to deprive of vitality or vital properties; make lifeless; weaken.

Nearby words

  1. devisable,
  2. devisal,
  3. devise,
  4. devisee,
  5. devisor,
  6. devitalized,
  7. devitalized pulp,
  8. devitrify,
  9. devizes,
  10. devocalize

Also especially British, de·vi·tal·ise.

Origin of devitalize

First recorded in 1840–50; de- + vitalize

Related formsde·vi·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for devitalized




(tr) to lower or destroy the vitality of; make weak or lifelessthe war devitalized the economy
Derived Formsdevitalization or devitalisation, noun

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Medicine definitions for devitalized




Devoid of vitality or life, as a tooth with destroyed pulp.

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