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Examples of comminute in a Sentence
eons of incessant pounding by the waves have comminuted the once-rocky shoreline into a bed of fine-grained sand
Recent Examples of comminute from the Web
The report of displacement (out of alignment) is not as worrisome as if the fracture was comminuted (pieces).
Also, this prognosis is rooted in my hopefulness the fracture is not comminuted (in multiple pieces), as that might prolong the timeline by a couple of weeks.
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Did You Know?
What do "comminute," "pulverize," and "triturate" all have in common? All three words are derived from Latin and share the meaning "to reduce to small particles." "Comminute" can be traced back to the prefix com- and the verb minuere, meaning "to lessen." "Pulverize" descends from a combination of pulver-, meaning "dust" or "powder," with the suffix -izare, which - like the English "-ize" - can mean "to cause to be." "Triturate" is borrowed from the past participle of the Latin triturare, which means "to thresh." "Triturate" specifically refers to the use of rubbing or grinding to achieve pulverization, a process which could be said to resemble the use of rubbing to separate grains from harvested cereal plants.
medical Definition of comminute
- prolonged trituration to comminute a therapeutic agent
comminutionplay \ˌkäm-ə-ˈn(y)ü-shən\ noun
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