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granulate

[gran-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), gran·u·lat·ed, gran·u·lat·ing.
  1. to form into granules or grains.
  2. to raise in granules; make rough on the surface.
verb (used without object), gran·u·lat·ed, gran·u·lat·ing.
  1. to become granular or grainy.
  2. Pathology. to form granulation tissue.

Origin of granulate

First recorded in 1660–70; granule + -ate1
Related formsgran·u·lat·er, gran·u·la·tor, noungran·u·la·tive [gran-yuh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv] /ˈgræn yəˌleɪ tɪv, -lə tɪv/, adjectivemul·ti·gran·u·lat·ed, adjectivenon·gran·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·gran·u·lat·ed, adjective
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granulate

verb
  1. (tr) to make into grains
  2. to make or become roughened in surface texture
  3. (intr) (of a wound, ulcer, etc) to form granulation tissue
Derived Formsgranulative, adjectivegranulator or granulater, noun
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Word Origin and History for granulate

v.

1660s, back-formation from granulation. Related: Granulated; granulating.

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