That the stomach is fully able to comminute the food may be proved by the following calculation.
Likewise the double teeth or grinders, either drop out, or rot away; so as now to be too few remaining to comminute solid food.
1620s, from Latin comminutus, past participle of comminuere "to lessen, break into smaller parts," from com- "together" (see com-) + minuere "to make smaller" (see minus). Related: Comminuted; comminuting.
comminute com·mi·nute (kŏm'ə-nōōt', -nyōōt')v. com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing, com·mi·nutes To reduce to powder; to pulverize.