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[dis-ahr-tik-yuh-leyt] /ˌdɪs ɑrˈtɪk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with or without object), disarticulated, disarticulating.
to make or become disjointed, as the bones of a body or stems of a plant.
Origin of disarticulate
First recorded in 1820-30; dis-1 + articulate
Related forms
disarticulation, noun
disarticulator, noun Unabridged
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  • Pray, never mind me at all, gentlemen—I'll listen blandly whilst I disarticulate this beautiful bird.

    The Seeker

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • Whenever it is possible, cut the bone through its continuity rather than disarticulate.

British Dictionary definitions for disarticulate


to separate or cause to separate at the joints, esp those of bones
Derived Forms
disarticulation, noun
disarticulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for disarticulate

early 15c.; see dis- + articulate (adj.).

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