comminute (v.) 1620s, from L. comminutus, pp. of comminuere "to lessen, break into smaller parts," from com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + minuere "to make smaller" (see MINUS (Cf. minus)). Related: Comminuted; comminuting.

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  • comminute — com·mi·nute käm ə .n(y)üt vt, nut·ed; nut·ing to reduce to minute particles <prolonged trituration to comminute a therapeutic agent> com·mi·nu·tion .käm ə n(y)ü shən n …   Medical dictionary

  • comminute — transitive verb ( nuted; nuting) Etymology: Latin comminutus, past participle of comminuere, from com + minuere to lessen more at minor Date: 1626 to reduce to minute particles ; pulverize • comminution noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • comminute — comminution, n. /kom euh nooht , nyooht /, v., comminuted, comminuting, adj. v.t. 1. to pulverize; triturate. adj. 2. comminuted; divided into small parts. 3. powdered; pulverized. [1620 30; < L comminutus, ptp. of comminuere, equiv. to com COM + …   Universalium

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  • comminute — v. a. Pulverize, triturate, levigate, powder, grind, bruise, bray, break to pieces, break or separate into fine particles, reduce to powder …   New dictionary of synonyms

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