comminuted

comminute

[kom-uh-noot, -nyoot]
verb (used with object), comminuted, comminuting.
1.
to pulverize; triturate.
adjective
2.
comminuted; divided into small parts.
3.
powdered; pulverized.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin comminūtus, past participle of comminuere, equivalent to com- com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minor minor

comminution, noun
uncomminuted, adjective
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comminute (ˈkɒmɪˌnjuːt)
 
vb
1.  to break (a bone) into several small fragments
2.  to divide (property) into small lots
3.  (tr) to pulverize
 
[C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor]
 
commi'nution
 
n

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comminuted
1620s, from L. comminutus, pp. of comminuere "to lessen, break into smaller parts," from com- "together" + minuere "to make smaller," from root of minus (see minus).
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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.

comminuted adj.
Broken into fragments. Used of a fractured bone.

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