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  • non-vital


non- +‎ vital


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”, in Journal of Endodontics[1], 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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