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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British Dictionary definitions for disarticulation



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 disarticulation



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

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disarticulation in Medicine




The amputation of a limb through a joint, without the cutting of bone.exarticulation
Related formsdis′ar•ticu•late′ v.
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