Definition of devitalize in English:


(also devitalise)


  • Deprive of strength and vigour.

    ‘an effective product to treat devitalized skin’
    • ‘He found the British dance public and its companies devitalized after the war and complacently parochial.’
    • ‘The Israeli culture of occupation has worn down and devitalized this necessary distance, transforming the Israeli arena of writing into a post-national one.’
    • ‘When one lies with the sick one, the suffering and the moanings invade the space, invade one's own body, depress and devitalize in the contagion of suffering.’
    • ‘The five types (from highest marital satisfaction to lowest) were labeled as vitalized, harmonious, traditional, conflicted, and devitalized.’
    • ‘The presence of devitalized tissue and contaminants such as dirt or saliva also make the wound tetanus - prone.’
    • ‘Caste has ruined the Hindu race and has destroyed, demoralised and devitalised Hindu society.’
    • ‘If all devitalised tissue has been confidently excised we favour immediate coverage with meshed, split skin grafts secured with a foam vacuum suction dressing.’
    • ‘We sometimes have patients whose incisions are not primarily closed because of infection, trauma, devitalized tissue, or for other reasons.’
    • ‘Now, particularly for young people, the classic film seems no longer amongst the most exciting of all art-forms; it is as if its transformation into an object for academic study has devitalized it.’
    • ‘In most cases, infection is localized to the bronchial anastomosis, where devitalized cartilage and foreign suture material create a nurturing environment.’
    • ‘Inoculation of debris and the presence of devitalized tissue commonly lead to infection that is often polymicrobial.’
    • ‘Debriding the devitalized tissue will allow the underlying healthy tissue to regenerate.’
    • ‘Collagenase breaks down collagen, a major and rigid component of devitalized tissue.’
    • ‘It is a battle between a spiritualised India and de-spiritualised, devitalised, dehumanised India.’
    • ‘All of this solemnity had the effect of devitalizing Potter's work, prematurely shrouding it with all the cobwebs of respectability and reverence.’
    • ‘Grossly contaminated wounds containing devitalised tissue are at risk of infection with Clostridium tetani, and antitetanus serum and tetanus toxoid should be available.’
    • ‘If an accident devitalizes the tissues and crushes the bones, it is difficult to save the limb.’
    • ‘Although conflicted and devitalized couples appeared to dominate this African-American sample, it is important to consider several separate but related factors.’
    • ‘By taking the most vital questions having to do with the structure of the state and its relation to society and placing them in a realm high above society's reach, it devitalizes politics.’
    • ‘The priorities of surgery are to stop haemorrhage, remove dead or devitalised liver tissue, and ligate or repair damaged blood vessels and bile ducts.’
    weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, sap, drain, tax, overtax, wash out, overtire, exhaust, weary, tire, tire out, fatigue, jade, wear out, prostrate, undermine, impair, render infirm, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyse, immobilize, lay low, put out of action
    knock out, do in, knacker, shatter, whack, bush, frazzle, wear to a frazzle, poop, take it out of, fag out
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