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triturate

[verb trich-uh-reyt; noun trich-er-it]
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verb (used with object), trit·u·rat·ed, trit·u·rat·ing.
  1. to reduce to fine particles or powder by rubbing, grinding, bruising, or the like; pulverize.
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noun
  1. a triturated substance.
  2. Pharmacology. trituration(def 3).
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Origin of triturate

1615–25; < Late Latin trītūrātus (past participle of trītūrāre to thresh), equivalent to Latin trītūr(a) a threshing (trīt(us) rubbed, crushed (see trite) + -ūra -ure) + -ātus -ate1
Related formstrit·u·ra·tor, nounself-trit·u·rat·ing, adjectiveun·trit·u·rat·ed, adjective
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triturate

verb
  1. (tr) to grind or rub into a fine powder or pulp; masticate
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noun
  1. the powder or pulp resulting from this grinding
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Derived Formstriturable, adjectivetriturator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin trītūrāre to thresh, from Latin trītūra a threshing, from terere to grind
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Word Origin and History for triturate

v.

1755, from Late Latin trituratus, past participle of triturare "to thresh, to grind," from Latin tritura "a rubbing, a threshing," from past participle stem of terere "to rub" (see throw). Related: Triturated; triturating.

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triturate in Medicine

triturate

(trĭchə-rāt′)
v.
  1. To rub, crush, grind, or pound into fine particles or a powder.
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n.
  1. A triturated substance, especially a powdered drug.
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Related formstritu•ra•ble (-ər-ə-bəl) adj.
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