com·​part·​men·​ta·​tion kəm-ˌpärt-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce compartmentation (audio)
: division into separate sections or units

Examples of compartmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Titanic had compartmentation and automatically closing water-tight doors, which was supposed to ensure any hull breach would be limited and not jeopardize the entire ship. Brad Lendon, CNN, 23 June 2023 At Twin Parks North West, compartmentation broke down in at least three places on Jan. 9. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Second compartmentation failure By now, smoke had infiltrated the building’s two stairwells. New York Times, 8 July 2022 It should be handled with particular attention to compartmentation and need-to-know. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 6 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compartmentation was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Compartmentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


com·​part·​men·​ta·​tion kəm-ˌpärt-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- How to pronounce compartmentation (audio)
: intracellular partitioning of cellular substances and metabolic activities by membranes
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