comminute

[ kom-uh-noot, -nyoot ]
/ ˈkɒm əˌnut, -ˌnyut /

verb (used with object), com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing.

to pulverize; triturate.

adjective

comminuted; divided into small parts.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM comminute

com·mi·nu·tion, nounun·com·mi·nut·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for comminuted

comminute
/ (ˈkɒmɪˌnjuːt) /

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
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Medical definitions for comminuted (1 of 2)

comminuted
[ kŏm′ə-nōōtĭd ]

adj.

Broken into fragments. Used of a fractured bone.

Medical definitions for comminuted (2 of 2)

comminute
[ kŏmə-nōōt′ ]

v.

To reduce to powder; to pulverize.

Other words from comminute

com′mi•nution n.
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