sublethal

[ suhb-lee-thuh l ]
/ sʌbˈli θəl /

adjective

almost lethal or fatal: a sublethal dose of poison.

Origin of sublethal

First recorded in 1890–95; sub- + lethal
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Medicine definitions for sublethal

sublethal

[ sŭb-lēthəl ]

adj.

Not sufficient to cause death.

Related forms

sub•lethal•ly adv.
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