[ 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.

  1. a triturated substance.

  2. 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

Other words from triturate

  • trit·u·ra·tor, noun
  • self-trit·u·rat·ing, adjective
  • un·trit·u·rat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for triturate


/ (ˈtrɪtjʊˌreɪt) /

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

  1. the powder or pulp resulting from this grinding

Origin of triturate

C17: from Late Latin trītūrāre to thresh, from Latin trītūra a threshing, from terere to grind

Derived forms of triturate

  • triturable, adjective
  • triturator, noun

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