[ verb trich-uh-reyt; noun trich-er-it ]
/ verb ˈtrɪtʃ əˌreɪt; noun ˈtrɪtʃ ər ɪt /

verb (used with object), trit·u·rat·ed, trit·u·rat·ing.

to reduce to fine particles or powder by rubbing, grinding, bruising, or the like; pulverize.


a triturated substance.
Pharmacology. trituration(def 3).


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 forms

trit·u·ra·tor, nounself-trit·u·rat·ing, adjectiveun·trit·u·rat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for triturate


/ (ˈtrɪtjʊˌreɪt) /


(tr) to grind or rub into a fine powder or pulp; masticate


the powder or pulp resulting from this grinding

Derived Forms

triturable, adjectivetriturator, noun

Word Origin for triturate

C17: from Late Latin trītūrāre to thresh, from Latin trītūra a threshing, from terere to grind
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Medicine definitions for triturate


[ trĭchə-rāt′ ]


To rub, crush, grind, or pound into fine particles or a powder.


A triturated substance, especially a powdered drug.

Related forms

tritu•ra•ble (-ər-ə-bəl) adj.
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