[in-vahy-uh-buh l]

adjective Biology.

(of an organism) incapable of sustaining its own life.

Origin of inviable

First recorded in 1915–20; in-3 + viable
Related formsin·vi·a·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inviable



not viable, esp financially; not able to survivean inviable company
Derived Formsinviability or inviableness, nouninviably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inviable

1918, from in- (1) "not" + viable. Related: Inviability.

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Medicine definitions for inviable




Unable to survive or develop normally.
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