[ kom-uh-noot, -nyoot ]
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verb (used with object),com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing.
  1. to pulverize; triturate.

  1. comminuted; divided into small parts.

  2. powdered; pulverized.

Origin of comminute

1620–30; <Latin comminūtus, past participle of comminuere, equivalent to com-com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minorminor

Other words from comminute

  • com·mi·nu·tion, noun
  • un·com·mi·nut·ed, adjective

Words Nearby comminute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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


/ (ˈkɒmɪˌnjuːt) /

  1. to break (a bone) into several small fragments

  2. to divide (property) into small lots

  1. (tr) to pulverize

Origin of comminute

C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor

Derived forms of comminute

  • comminution, noun

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