disarticulate

[ dis-ahr-tik-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˌdɪs ɑrˈtɪk yəˌleɪt /

verb (used with or without object), dis·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, dis·ar·tic·u·lat·ing.

to make or become disjointed, as the bones of a body or stems of a plant.

Nearby words

  1. disarmament,
  2. disarming,
  3. disarmingly,
  4. disarrange,
  5. disarray,
  6. disarticulation,
  7. disassemble,
  8. disassembler,
  9. disassociate,
  10. disassortative mating

Origin of disarticulate

First recorded in 1820–30; dis-1 + articulate

Related formsdis·ar·tic·u·la·tion, noundis·ar·tic·u·la·tor, noun

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Examples from the Web for disarticulate

  • Whenever it is possible, cut the bone through its continuity rather than disarticulate.

  • Pray, never mind me at all, gentlemen—I'll listen blandly whilst I disarticulate this beautiful bird.

    The Seeker|Harry Leon Wilson


British Dictionary definitions for disarticulate

disarticulate

/ (ˌdɪsɑːˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

to separate or cause to separate at the joints, esp those of bones
Derived Formsdisarticulation, noundisarticulator, noun

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Word Origin and History for disarticulate

disarticulate

adj.

early 15c.; see dis- + articulate (adj.).

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