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[kom-uh-noot, -nyoot] /ˈkɒm əˌnut, -ˌnyut/
verb (used with object), comminuted, comminuting.
to pulverize; triturate.
comminuted; divided into small parts.
powdered; pulverized.
Origin of comminute
1620-30; < Latin comminūtus, past participle of comminuere, equivalent to com- com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minor minor
Related forms
comminution, noun
uncomminuted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Likewise the double teeth or grinders, either drop out, or rot away; so as now to be too few remaining to comminute solid food.

    Medica Sacra Richard Mead
  • That the stomach is fully able to comminute the food may be proved by the following calculation.

British Dictionary definitions for comminute


to break (a bone) into several small fragments
to divide (property) into small lots
(transitive) to pulverize
Derived Forms
comminution, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor
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Word Origin and History for comminute

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.

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comminute in Medicine

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.

com'mi·nu'tion n.
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