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(sʌbˈɒptɪməl) or


not as good as possible, not quite optimal
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(sʌbˈɒp tə məl)

also sub•op•ti•mum


being below an optimal level or standard.
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The doctors accused the hospital management of being insensitive to the plight of the in and outpatients, who according to him, are receiving suboptimal mental health services.
The company disclosed a "string of negative updates" with its Q2 call, including no lung data at the European Society for Medical Oncology meeting, manufacturing issues and identification of suboptimal production lots of bempegaldesleukin, and narrowing of the scope of the Bristol-Myers (BMY) collaboration to five or six key registrational trials, Fye tells investors in a research note.
Stratified statistical analysis demonstrated a significantly higher risk for gastric cardia cancer (adjusted hazard ratio, 3.40) and a significantly increased risk in those with suboptimal glycemic control (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.68).
My letter (which made zero mention of the number of uncovered seats at the stadium - Mr Gibson may be confusing me with someone else), merely tried to make the point that, regardless of our suboptimal home, there is a great atmosphere at the club, home and away, and that following Gateshead is an enjoyable experience.
At 24 months after starting statin treatment, slightly more than half of the 165,411 study participants had a suboptimal response to statin treatment, defined as an LDL reduction of less than 40 percent of pretreatment levels.
Overall, the toll of suboptimal fruit intake was almost double that of vegetables.
In the existing literature, suboptimal temperature has been linked to a wide range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Analysts believe that banks have been performing well despite suboptimal market conditions because of rising interest rates that have in turn improved margins.
After 24 months, 51.2% of patients experienced a suboptimal LDL response, with a mean reduction of 2.1 mmol/L (81 mg/dL), compared with 3.1 mmol/L (120 mg/dL).
"I think spironolactone is a great medication in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, but the doses we typically use are generally suboptimal to achieve diuresis," he added.
Optimizing Suboptimal Results Following Cataract Surgery: Refractive and Non-Refractive Management (online access included)
'These include suboptimal and irregular immunisation outreaches and lack of daily vaccination schedules due to staff shortage.'