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sublethal

[suhb-lee-thuh l]
adjective
  1. almost lethal or fatal: a sublethal dose of poison.
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Origin of sublethal

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

sublethal

(sŭb-lēthəl)
adj.
  1. Not sufficient to cause death.
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Related formssub•lethal•ly adv.
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