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[kom-uh-noot, -nyoot]
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verb (used with object), com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing.
  1. to pulverize; triturate.
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  1. comminuted; divided into small parts.
  2. powdered; pulverized.
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Origin of comminute

1620–30; < Latin comminūtus, past participle of comminuere, equivalent to com- com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minor minor
Related formscom·mi·nu·tion, nounun·com·mi·nut·ed, adjective
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Related Words for comminute

grate, shatter, crumble, beat, bruise, squash, mash, break, trample, squeeze, pulverize, reduce, scrape, pound, crush, powder, granulate, press, comminute, pummel

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Historical Examples of comminute

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for comminute


  1. to break (a bone) into several small fragments
  2. to divide (property) into small lots
  3. (tr) to pulverize
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Derived Formscomminution, noun

Word Origin for comminute

C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor
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Word Origin and History for comminute


1620s, from Latin comminutus, past participle of comminuere "to lessen, break into smaller parts," from com- "together" (see com-) + minuere "to make smaller" (see minus). Related: Comminuted; comminuting.

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comminute in Medicine


  1. To reduce to powder; to pulverize.
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Related formscom′mi•nution n.
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