sublethal

[suhb-lee-thuh l]

adjective

almost lethal or fatal: a sublethal dose of poison.

Origin of sublethal

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

sublethal

[sŭb-lēthəl]

adj.

Not sufficient to cause death.
Related formssub•lethal•ly adv.
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