nonviable

[ non-vahy-uh-buh l ]
/ nɒnˈvaɪ ə bəl /

adjective

not capable of living, growing, and developing, as an embryo, seed, or plant.
not practicable or workable: a nonviable plan.

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Origin of nonviable

First recorded in 1875–80; non- + viable

OTHER WORDS FROM nonviable

non·vi·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for non-viable

  • In such a case must the surgeon let the mother die lest he hasten the death of a non-viable child?

Medical definitions for non-viable

nonviable
[ nŏn-vīə-bəl ]

adj.

Not capable of living or developing independently. Used especially of an embryo or fetus.
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