[ dih-krep-i-teyt ]
/ dɪˈkrɛp ɪˌteɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. decrement,
  2. decremental,
  3. decremeter,
  4. decreolize,
  5. decrepit,
  6. decrepitude,
  7. decresc.,
  8. decrescendo,
  9. decrescent,
  10. decretal

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decrepitation


/ (dɪˈkrɛpɪˌteɪt) /


(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
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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