comminute


com·mi·nute

verb \ˈkä-mə-ˌnüt, -ˌnyüt\
com·mi·nut·edcom·mi·nut·ing

Definition of COMMINUTE

transitive verb
:  to reduce to minute particles :  pulverize
com·mi·nu·tion \ˌkä-mə-ˈnü-shən, -ˈnyü-\ noun

Examples of COMMINUTE

  1. <eons of incessant pounding by the waves have comminuted the once-rocky shoreline into a bed of fine-grained sand>

Origin of COMMINUTE

Latin comminutus, past participle of comminuere, from com- + minuere to lessen — more at minor
First Known Use: 1626

com·mi·nute

transitive verb \ˈkäm-ə-ˌn(y)üt\   (Medical Dictionary)
com·mi·nut·edcom·mi·nut·ing

Medical Definition of COMMINUTE

: to reduce to minute particles <prolonged trituration to comminute a therapeutic agent>
com·mi·nu·tion \ˌkäm-ə-ˈn(y)ü-shən\ noun

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