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detritus

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noun de·tri·tus \di-ˈtrī-təs\

Simple Definition of detritus

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

Full Definition of detritus

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

  1. 1 :  loose material (as rock fragments or organic particles) that results directly from disintegration

  2. 2 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 play \-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


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detritus

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noun de·tri·tus \di-ˈtrīt-əs\

Medical Definition of detritus

plural de·tri·tus \-ˈtrīt-əs, -ˈtrī-ˌtüs\play play

  1. :  loose material resulting from disintegration (as of tissue)





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