verb (used with object), de·crep·i·tat·ed, de·crep·i·tat·ing.
to roast or calcine (salt, minerals, etc.) so as to cause crackling or until crackling ceases.
verb (used without object), de·crep·i·tat·ed, de·crep·i·tat·ing.
to break up when exposed to heat.
Origin of decrepitate
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Placed on burning coals, they decrepitate on drying, and produce a species of explosion or detonation.
Muffle furnaces are suitable for fine ores which are liable to decrepitate or sinter.
(tr) to heat (a substance, such as a salt) until it emits a crackling sound or until this sound stops
(intr) (esp of a salt) to crackle, as while being heated
Word Origin for decrepitate
C17: from New Latin dēcrepitāre, from Latin crepitāre to crackle, from crepāre to creak
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