Definition of devitalize in US English:


(British devitalise)


[with object]usually as adjective devitalized
  • Deprive of strength and vigor.

    ‘an effective product to treat devitalized skin’
    • ‘The Israeli culture of occupation has worn down and devitalized this necessary distance, transforming the Israeli arena of writing into a post-national one.’
    • ‘Inoculation of debris and the presence of devitalized tissue commonly lead to infection that is often polymicrobial.’
    • ‘He found the British dance public and its companies devitalized after the war and complacently parochial.’
    • ‘Debriding the devitalized tissue will allow the underlying healthy tissue to regenerate.’
    • ‘All of this solemnity had the effect of devitalizing Potter's work, prematurely shrouding it with all the cobwebs of respectability and reverence.’
    • ‘If an accident devitalizes the tissues and crushes the bones, it is difficult to save the limb.’
    • ‘Grossly contaminated wounds containing devitalised tissue are at risk of infection with Clostridium tetani, and antitetanus serum and tetanus toxoid should be available.’
    • ‘Caste has ruined the Hindu race and has destroyed, demoralised and devitalised Hindu society.’
    • ‘Collagenase breaks down collagen, a major and rigid component of devitalized tissue.’
    • ‘The priorities of surgery are to stop haemorrhage, remove dead or devitalised liver tissue, and ligate or repair damaged blood vessels and bile ducts.’
    • ‘In most cases, infection is localized to the bronchial anastomosis, where devitalized cartilage and foreign suture material create a nurturing environment.’
    • ‘We sometimes have patients whose incisions are not primarily closed because of infection, trauma, devitalized tissue, or for other reasons.’
    • ‘If all devitalised tissue has been confidently excised we favour immediate coverage with meshed, split skin grafts secured with a foam vacuum suction dressing.’
    • ‘It is a battle between a spiritualised India and de-spiritualised, devitalised, dehumanised India.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 presence of devitalized tissue and contaminants such as dirt or saliva also make the wound tetanus - prone.’
    • ‘The five types (from highest marital satisfaction to lowest) were labeled as vitalized, harmonious, traditional, conflicted, and devitalized.’
    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
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