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verb (used with or without object), dis·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, dis·ar·tic·u·lat·ing.
  1. 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 formsdis·ar·tic·u·la·tion, noundis·ar·tic·u·la·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Disarticulation of the entire bone has been very rarely performed.

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    Joseph Bell

  • Disarticulation of the Ramus without opening into the cavity of the Mouth.

  • To avoid the difficulties of disarticulation, Skey recommends cutting off the head of the second metatarsal with a pair of pliers.

British Dictionary definitions for disarticulation


  1. to separate or cause to separate at the joints, esp those of bones
Derived Formsdisarticulation, noundisarticulator, noun
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Word Origin and History for disarticulation



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

disarticulation in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. The amputation of a limb through a joint, without the cutting of bone.exarticulation
Related formsdis′ar•ticu•late′ v.
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