comminute

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

Definition of comminute

comminuted

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comminuting

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

comminution

play \ˌkä-mə-ˈnü-shən, -ˈnyü-\ noun

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Examples of comminute in a Sentence

  1. eons of incessant pounding by the waves have comminuted the once-rocky shoreline into a bed of fine-grained sand

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.

Origin and Etymology 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

comminuted

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comminuting

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

comminution

\ˌkäm-ə-ˈn(y)ü-shən\play noun


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