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disarticulate

[dis-ahr-tik-yuh-leyt] /ˌdɪs ɑrˈtɪk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), disarticulated, disarticulating.
1.
to make or become disjointed, as the bones of a body or stems of a plant.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; dis-1 + articulate
Related forms
disarticulation, noun
disarticulator, noun
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Examples for disarticulate
  • Use the word disarticulate to help explain the difference.
  • These fluvial conditions, along with scavenging and trampling of bones, would act to disarticulate and scatter skeletons.
British Dictionary definitions for disarticulate

disarticulate

/ˌdɪsɑːˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
to separate or cause to separate at the joints, esp those of bones
Derived Forms
disarticulation, noun
disarticulator, noun
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