[ dih-trish-uh n ]
/ dɪˈtrɪʃ ən /


the act of wearing away by rubbing.

Nearby words

  1. detrain,
  2. detribalize,
  3. detriment,
  4. detrimental,
  5. detrimentally,
  6. detritivore,
  7. detritovore,
  8. detritus,
  9. detroit,
  10. detrude

Origin of detrition

1665–75; < Medieval Latin dētrītiōn- (stem of dētrītiō), equivalent to Latin dētrīt(us) (past participle of dēterere; see detritus) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for detrition

  • The "Hole" has been made by the detrition and washing out of the shale and the fall of the overlying rock.

  • Another is the constant repetition of certain words and phrases which have lost their meaning by detrition and are known to all.

    American Sketches|Charles Whibley

British Dictionary definitions for detrition


/ (dɪˈtrɪʃən) /


the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction

Word Origin for detrition

C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment

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Medicine definitions for detrition


[ dĭ-trĭshən ]


The act of wearing away by friction.

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