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comminute

[kom-uh-noot, -nyoot] /ˈkɒm əˌnut, -ˌnyut/
verb (used with object), comminuted, comminuting.
1.
to pulverize; triturate.
adjective
2.
comminuted; divided into small parts.
3.
powdered; pulverized.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin comminūtus, past participle of comminuere, equivalent to com- com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minor minor
Related forms
comminution, noun
uncomminuted, adjective
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Examples for comminute
  • Grind, mill or otherwise comminute the entire sample.
British Dictionary definitions for comminute

comminute

/ˈkɒmɪˌnjuːt/
verb
1.
to break (a bone) into several small fragments
2.
to divide (property) into small lots
3.
(transitive) to pulverize
Derived Forms
comminution, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor
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Word Origin and History for comminute
v.

1620s, from Latin comminutus, past participle of comminuere "to lessen, break into smaller parts," from com- "together" (see com-) + minuere "to make smaller" (see minus). Related: Comminuted; comminuting.

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comminute in Medicine

comminute com·mi·nute (kŏm'ə-nōōt', -nyōōt')
v. com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing, com·mi·nutes
To reduce to powder; to pulverize.


com'mi·nu'tion n.
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