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[dih-trish-uh n] /dɪˈtrɪʃ ən/
the act of wearing away by rubbing.
Origin of detrition
1665-75; < Medieval Latin dētrītiōn- (stem of dētrītiō), equivalent to Latin dētrīt(us) (past participle of dēterere; see detritus) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • The "Hole" has been made by the detrition and washing out of the shale and the fall of the overlying rock.

  • Another is the constant repetition of certain words and phrases which have lost their meaning by detrition and are known to all.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
British Dictionary definitions for detrition


the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment
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detrition in Medicine

detrition de·tri·tion (dĭ-trĭsh'ən)
The act of wearing away by friction.

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