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comminute

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verb com·mi·nute \ˈkä-mə-ˌnüt, -ˌnyüt\

Definition of comminute

com·mi·nut·edcom·mi·nut·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to reduce to minute particles :  pulverize

com·mi·nu·tion play \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


Medical Dictionary

comminute

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transitive verb com·mi·nute \ˈkäm-ə-ˌn(y)üt\

Medical Definition of comminute

com·mi·nut·edcom·mi·nut·ing

  1. :  to reduce to minute particles <prolonged trituration to comminute a therapeutic agent>

  2. com·mi·nu·tion \ˌkäm-ə-ˈn(y)ü-shən\play noun





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