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disintegrate

verb dis·in·te·grate \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt\

: to break apart into many small parts or pieces

Full Definition of DISINTEGRATE

transitive verb
1
:  to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles
2
:  to destroy the unity or integrity of
intransitive verb
1
:  to break or separate into constituent elements or parts
2
:  to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts
3
:  to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>
dis·in·te·gra·tion \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
dis·in·te·gra·tive \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
dis·in·te·gra·tor \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun

Examples of DISINTEGRATE

  1. The paper will disintegrate if it gets wet.
  2. The laser can disintegrate most kinds of rock.

First Known Use of DISINTEGRATE

1796

Rhymes with DISINTEGRATE

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disintegrate

verb dis·in·te·grate \(ˈ)dis-ˈint-ə-ˌgrāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
dis·in·te·grat·eddis·in·te·grat·ing

Medical Definition of DISINTEGRATE

transitive verb
:  to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles
intransitive verb
1
:  to break or separate into constituent elements or parts
2
:  to undergo a change in composition <an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity>
dis·in·te·gra·tion \(ˌ)dis-ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun

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