noun \di-ˈtrī-təs\

: the pieces that are left when something breaks, falls apart, is destroyed, etc.

plural de·tri·tus \-ˈtrī-təs, -ˈtrī-ˌtüs\

Full Definition of DETRITUS

:  loose material (as rock fragments or organic particles) that results directly from disintegration
a :  a product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away :  debris
b :  miscellaneous remnants :  odds and ends <sifting through the detritus of his childhood — Michael Tomasky>
de·tri·tal \-ˈtrī-təl\ adjective

Examples of DETRITUS

  1. the detritus of ancient civilizations
  2. As he packed, he sifted through the detritus of a failed relationship.

Origin of DETRITUS

French détritus, from Latin detritus, past participle of deterere
First Known Use: 1802

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


noun \di-ˈtrīt-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural de·tri·tus \-ˈtrīt-əs, -ˈtrī-ˌtüs\

Medical Definition of DETRITUS

: loose material resulting from disintegration (as of tissue)


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