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verb (used with object), de·crep·i·tat·ed, de·crep·i·tat·ing.
  1. to roast or calcine (salt, minerals, etc.) so as to cause crackling or until crackling ceases.
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verb (used without object), de·crep·i·tat·ed, de·crep·i·tat·ing.
  1. to break up when exposed to heat.
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Origin of decrepitate

1640–50; < New Latin dēcrepitātus crackled, past participle of dēcrepitāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + crepitāre to crackle (frequentative of crepāre to crack); see -ate1
Related formsde·crep·i·ta·tion, noun
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Related Words for decrepitate

sparkle, sound, break, snap, crinkle, crepitate, decrepitate

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  1. (tr) to heat (a substance, such as a salt) until it emits a crackling sound or until this sound stops
  2. (intr) (esp of a salt) to crackle, as while being heated
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Derived Formsdecrepitation, noun

Word Origin for decrepitate

C17: from New Latin dēcrepitāre, from Latin crepitāre to crackle, from crepāre to creak
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