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What is the word for non reactive?

non-reactive synonyms

Trying to find another word for non-reactive in English? No problem. Our thesaurus contains synonyms of non-reactive in 11 different contexts. We have listed all the similar and related words for non-reactive alphabetically.

  • apathetic
  • asleep
  • boring
  • callous
  • deadened
  • dull
  • flat
  • frigid
  • glazed
  • inert
  • insensitive
  • insipid
  • lukewarm
  • catching some zzz’s
  • comatose
  • conked
  • crashed
  • dormant
  • dozing
  • dreaming
  • flaked out
  • getting shut-eye
  • hibernating
  • in dreamland
  • in repose
  • inactive
  • asleep
  • deadened
  • insensible
  • insensitive
  • unresponsive
  • wooden
  • asleep
  • bereft of life
  • bloodless
  • bought the farm
  • breathless
  • buried
  • cadaverous
  • checked out
  • cold
  • cut off
  • deceased
  • defunct
  • departed
  • KO
  • abate
  • alleviate
  • anesthetize
  • benumb
  • blunt
  • check
  • chloroform
  • consume
  • cushion
  • damp
  • dampen
  • depress
  • anesthetized
  • asleep
  • benumbed
  • dead
  • deadened
  • impervious to
  • insensible
  • nonreactive
  • senseless
  • unfeeling
  • anesthetized
  • asleep
  • benumbed
  • dead
  • deadened
  • immune to
  • insensible
  • nonreactive
  • senseless
  • unfeeling
  • cold
  • gradual
  • imperceivable
  • imperceptible
  • inanimate
  • inappreciable
  • insensate
  • numb
  • obdurate
  • oblivious
  • torpid
  • unaware
  • unconscious
  • anesthetized
  • asleep
  • benumbed
  • dead
  • deadened
  • immune to
  • impervious to
  • insensible
  • senseless
  • unfeeling
  • absurd
  • asinine
  • batty
  • crazy
  • daft
  • double talk
  • doublespeak
  • fatuous
  • flaky
  • foolish
  • idiotic
  • illogical
  • imbecilic
  • anesthetized
  • apathetic
  • asleep
  • benumbed
  • brutal
  • callous
  • cantankerous
  • churlish
  • cold
  • cold fish
  • cold-blooded
  • cold-hearted
  • crotchety

Information on Non-reactive (Negative) HIV Test Results

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You have received a non-reactive HIV test result today. This almost always means you are not living with HIV.

Does a non-reactive result mean I definitely do not have HIV?

There is a period between the time of getting HIV and the time that an HIV test can detect HIV infection. If you have engaged in risk behaviors for HIV during the month prior to your test, you should speak to your provider about your need to be re-tested for HIV.

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What actions put you at risk for HIV?

  • Engaging in anal or vagnial intercourse
  • Sharing drug paraphernalia like syringes and cookers, or sharing needles used for tattoos or piercings
  • The use of drugs and/or alcohol can also put you at risk by making it harder for you to practice safe behavior

If you are planning to have a baby, or are pregnant:

Even if your test result is non-reactive today, testing and retesting of both the mother and the father may be indicated based on risk factors for HIV. It is important to know your HIV status because HIV can be passed to your baby during pregnancy, delivery or through breastfeeding.

A non-reactive test provides opportunities to protect yourself from getting HIV:

  • Abstain — Not having sex or sharing needles, syringes or other drug injection equipment with a person who has HIV or whose HIV status you don’t know is a sure way to protect yourself from HIV.
  • Use a latex male condom or female condom — Condoms work very well to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases if you use them the right way, every time you have sex.
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) — A daily pill that can prevent HIV infection. PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV. Ask your provider if PrEP may be right for you.
  • PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) — A medication that can protect you from HIV if you were recently exposed. If you start it within 2 hours of the exposure, it gives the best protection; if you start within 2-36 hours, it gives very good protection; between 36-72 hours it gives less protection as time passes; it is not started after 72 hours. If you think you were exposed to HIV through contact with someone who has or might have HIV, go immediately to an emergency room and ask for PEP.
  • Consider your drug use — Using drugs or alcohol causes changes in awareness, attitutde, consciousness and behavior and can lower your ability to make decisions about safer sex and using clean needles and works.
  • If you use needles or syringes:
    • Use new needles and equipment each time and don’t share anything, including cotton or water.
    • Avoid buying needles on the street, even if they look new.
    • Expanded Syringe Access Programs: provides needles and syringes at pharmacies and other locations.
    • Syringe Access Programs: provides needles and syringes free of charge.
    • Do not share needles for ear piercing, body piercing or tattooing.

    What is the word for non reactive?

    An inert chemical substance is one that is not generally reactive. This is a synonym for «inactive» with respect to chemical reactions.

    Inert has a non-chemical meaning of being unable to move or resist movement; for example, «the accident victim was laying on the ground, inert.»

    Additional Info

    In the periodic table of the elements shown below, the inert elements are shown in red. The noble gases, the last column of the table, include helium (He), neon (Ne), argon (Ar), krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe), and radon (Rn). Nitrogen (which, in the elemental form, occurs as N2 gas) is also considered inert although it forms a wide variety of chemical compounds.

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    These elements are unreactive because they are very stable in their naturally occurring forms. While some of these can be made to react chemically, their compounds are usually not very stable (except for nitrogen). The term inert atmosphere is usually used to denote a nitrogen or argon atmosphere in a container.

    Chemical compounds can also be considered inert. For example, poly(tetrafluoroethylene), better known by the DuPont tradename Teflon™, does not react with most substances. Likewise, sand, SiO2, is generally unreactive.

    We can also use the term to describe reactivity (or lack thereof) towards particular substances. For example, mercury reacts with aluminum metal (which is one reason why it is illegal to transport liquid mercury by aircraft) but is inert towards iron metal. Carbon dioxide is inert to many chemical reactions, but is incompatible (and can react violently) with alkali metals such as sodium and potassium. Using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher on a magnesium fire would be a VERY bad idea.

    Likewise, one may see the term «inert» used on pharmaceutical or pesticide labels to indicate components that are not active ingredients/components of the mixture. For example, pills are held together with binders that simply dissolve to release the medicine inside the pill. As the binder does not have any biological effect it may be referred to as a biologically inert ingredient.

    While chemical inertness and biological inertness are often the same, sometimes a substance can be one and not the other. For example, while xenon does not chemically react in the human body, it nonetheless has biological effects that have been exploited for anesthesia as well as improvement of tissue damage caused by inadequate blood supply (ischemia)

    SDS Relevance

    Inert materials are good choices for chemical containers. For example, acid waste should not be stored in metal drums because these will quickly corrode. However, glass or polyethylene containers are inert to most acids.

    If a chemical spill occurs, one may need to clean up the spill by using an inert absorbing material such as vermiculite or sand. The Safety Data Sheet will usually recommend a specific material, but not always. Assuming your SDS was created using the format required under HCS 2012, spill cleanup information will be found under Section 6 (accidental release measures). But be sure to read the rest of the sheet as well, because it’s important that you know the physical properties of the material, the health hazards, incompatibilities etc.

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    If the SDS is not clear, remember that you can phone the manufacturer at the phone number listed on the SDS. If you are using a spill kit, see if it came with a guide or instructions.

    Further Reading

    • OSHA has a publication titled Deaths Involving the Inadvertent Connection of Air-line Respirators to Inert Gas Supplies
    • Inert Pesticide Ingredients are discussed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    • WebElements is an interactive periodic table of the elements. Click on any of the noble gases (or other elements) for a wealth of other information.
    • A list of inert drug ingredients at
    • Some people believe that some «inert» drug components are not as inert as previously thought.
    • The diverse biological properties of the chemically inert noble gases. from Pharmacol Ther. 2016, 160, pp 44-64.
    • The American Chemical Society has a multipage article Neil Bartlett and the Reactive Noble Gases that explains the discovery of the first noble gas compounds.

    Additional definitions from Google and OneLook.

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