compartmental

[kuh m-pahrt-men-tl, kom-pahrt-]

adjective

divided into compartments: a compartmental office; a compartmental agency.

Origin of compartmental

First recorded in 1855–60; compartment + -al1
Related formscom·part·men·tal·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for compartmental
adj.

1831, from compartment + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper