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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 comminuted

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 comminuted

  • He then proceeded to ascertain the effect of substances previously comminuted.

    Delineations of the Ox Tribe

    George Vasey

  • Transfer the comminuted oyster and the liquor to the cylinder.

  • He had a broken leg: a frightful smash it was: compound and comminuted.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • Hawaii crashed like a meteor into America and was comminuted and absorbed.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • Fractures are divided into comminuted, simple, and compound.

    The Dog

    Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson

British Dictionary definitions for comminuted


  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 comminuted



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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comminuted in Medicine


  1. Broken into fragments. Used of a fractured bone.
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  1. To reduce to powder; to pulverize.
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Related formscom′mi•nution n.
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