nonvital

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • non-vital

Etymology[edit]

non- +‎ vital

Adjective[edit]

nonvital (not comparable)

  1. Not vital (in various senses); thus, often not essential for life
    The eye is a nonvital organ.
  2. (dentistry) Not containing living nerve tissue
    • 1998, J.W. Myers, “Demonstration of a possible source of error with an electric pulp tester”[1], Journal of Endodontics, volume 24, number 3: 
      Such an occurrence could provoke a vital response from a patient when a nonvital tooth was being tested (a "false-positive").

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