[ per-tik-yuh-lit, -leyt, puh-tik-, pahr- ]
/ pərˈtɪk yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt, pəˈtɪk-, pɑr- /


of, relating to, or composed of distinct particles.


a separate and distinct particle.
a material composed of such particles.
  1. the aggregate of such particles, especially as produced by one source: tests to analyze diesel particulates.
  2. Meteorology. solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, especially pollutants.


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Origin of particulate

1870–75; < New Latin particulātus, equivalent to Latin particul(a) particle + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM particulate

non·par·tic·u·late, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for particulate

/ (pɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) /


a substance consisting of separate particles


of or made up of separate particles
genetics of, relating to, or designating inheritance of characteristics, esp with emphasis on the role of genes
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Medical definitions for particulate

[ pər-tĭkyə-lĭt, -lāt′, pär- ]


Of or occurring in the form of fine particles.


A particulate substance.
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Scientific definitions for particulate

[ pər-tĭkyə-lĭt ]


Formed of very small, separate particles. Dust and soot are forms of particulate matter.


A very small particle, as of dust or soot. Particulates that are given off by the burning of oil, gasoline, and other fuels can remain suspended in the atmosphere for long periods, where they are a major component of air pollution and smog.
A substance or suspension composed of such particles, such as sand or smoke.
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