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[verb trich-uh-reyt; noun trich-er-it] /verb ˈtrɪtʃ əˌreɪt; noun ˈtrɪtʃ ər ɪt/
verb (used with object), triturated, triturating.
to reduce to fine particles or powder by rubbing, grinding, bruising, or the like; pulverize.
a triturated substance.
Pharmacology. trituration (def 3).
Origin of triturate
1615-25; < Late Latin trītūrātus (past participle of trītūrāre to thresh), equivalent to Latin trītūr(a) a threshing (trīt(us) rubbed, crushed (see trite) + -ūra -ure) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
triturator, noun
self-triturating, adjective
untriturated, adjective Unabridged
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(transitive) to grind or rub into a fine powder or pulp; masticate
the powder or pulp resulting from this grinding
Derived Forms
triturable, adjective
triturator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin trītūrāre to thresh, from Latin trītūra a threshing, from terere to grind
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Word Origin and History for triturate

1755, from Late Latin trituratus, past participle of triturare "to thresh, to grind," from Latin tritura "a rubbing, a threshing," from past participle stem of terere "to rub" (see throw). Related: Triturated; triturating.

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triturate in Medicine

triturate trit·u·rate (trĭch'ə-rāt')
v. trit·u·rat·ed, trit·u·rat·ing, trit·u·rates
To rub, crush, grind, or pound into fine particles or a powder. n.
A triturated substance, especially a powdered drug.

trit'u·ra·ble (-ər-ə-bəl) adj.
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