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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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  • Finally add the sodium bicarbonate and the cacao powder; and triturate again until the color is uniform.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
  • Empty the sample of soil into the mortar and triturate thoroughly.

  • triturate the spirit of nitroglycerin with the red fat sugar and permit the alcohol to evaporate.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
  • When thoroughly mixed, add the water gradually, and triturate till a uniform mixture is obtained.

  • Mix the saccharin with the senna, add the sugar and triturate thoroughly until well mixed.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
  • Possibly the whole glyph maybe interpreted by cecelhuchah, “to triturate.”

  • triturate or rub the whole well together in a mortar and divide into twenty powders, and take one night and morning.

  • Then add the spirit of nitroglycerin, and triturate again thoroughly but gently.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
  • The cylinder is usually raised a little during this period, as its only purpose is to agitate the mass, but not to triturate it.

  • triturate the anaesthesine with the sugar and the spirit of rose, add the carmine, and triturate until thoroughly mixed.

    Candy Medication Bernard Fantus
British Dictionary definitions for triturate


(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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