detrition

detrition

[dih-trish-uhn]
noun
the act of wearing away by rubbing.

Origin:
1665–75; < Medieval Latin dētrītiōn- (stem of dētrītiō), equivalent to Latin dētrīt(us) (past participle of dēterere; see detritus) + -iōn- -ion

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detrition (dɪˈtrɪʃən)
 
n
the act of rubbing or wearing away by friction
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin dētrītiō, from Latin dētrītus worn away; see detriment]

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detrition de·tri·tion (dĭ-trĭsh'ən)
n.
The act of wearing away by friction.

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