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comminute

[ kom-uh-noot, -nyoot ]
/ 藞k蓲m 蓹藢nut, -藢nyut /
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verb (used with object), com路mi路nut路ed, com路mi路nut路ing.
to pulverize; triturate.
adjective
comminuted; divided into small parts.
powdered; pulverized.
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Origin of comminute

1620鈥30; <Latin commin奴tus, past participle of comminuere, equivalent to com-com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minorminor

OTHER WORDS FROM comminute

com路mi路nu路tion, nounun路com路mi路nut路ed, adjective
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How to use comminute in a sentence

  • That the stomach is fully able to comminute the food may be proved by the following calculation.

  • Likewise the double teeth or grinders, either drop out, or rot away; so as now to be too few remaining to comminute solid food.

    Medica Sacra|Richard Mead

British Dictionary definitions for comminute

comminute
/ (藞k蓲m瑟藢nju藧t) /

verb
to break (a bone) into several small fragments
to divide (property) into small lots
(tr) to pulverize

Derived forms of comminute

comminution, noun

Word Origin for comminute

C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for comminute

comminute
[ k艔m蓹-n艒艒t鈥 ]

v.
To reduce to powder; to pulverize.

Other words from comminute

com鈥瞞i鈥ution n.
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