triturate

1 of 2

verb

trit·​u·​rate ˈtri-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce triturate (audio)
triturated; triturating

transitive verb

1
2
: to pulverize and comminute thoroughly by rubbing or grinding
triturable adjective
triturator noun

triturate

2 of 2

noun

trit·​u·​rate ˈtri-chə-rət How to pronounce triturate (audio)

Word History

Etymology

Verb

Late Latin trituratus, past participle of triturare to thresh, from Latin tritura act of rubbing, threshing, from tritus, past participle — more at trite

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triturate was circa 1755

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Cite this Entry

“Triturate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triturate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

triturate

1 of 2 transitive verb
trit·​u·​rate ˈtrich-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce triturate (audio)
triturated; triturating
: to pulverize and comminute thoroughly by rubbing or grinding
triturated the drug with a diluent

triturate

2 of 2 noun
trit·​u·​rate -rət How to pronounce triturate (audio)
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