- to roast or calcine (salt, minerals, etc.) so as to cause crackling or until crackling ceases.
- 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
C17: from New Latin dēcrepitāre, from Latin crepitāre to crackle, from crepāre to creak
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