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.

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

Historical Examples of disarticulate

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

    The Seeker

    Harry Leon Wilson

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

British Dictionary definitions for disarticulate



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

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

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