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1. One of the parts or spaces into which an area is subdivided.
2. A separate room, section, or chamber: a storage compartment.
tr.v. com·part·ment·ed, com·part·ment·ing, com·part·ments
To compartmentalize: "The information has not been compartmented" (John H. Cushman, Jr.).

com′part·ment′al (kŏm′pärt-mĕn′tl) adj.
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Adj.1.compartmental - divided up into compartments or categories; "most sciences have become woefully compartmentalized"
compartmented - divided up or separated into compartments or isolated units; "a compartmented box"; "the protected and compartmented society of Beacon Hill"- John Mason Brown
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Typically, companies define risk compartmentally and address risks in the context of the company's business.
Overall, we would have been much better off taking on healthcare reform compartmentally and dealing with components in turn, then moving on to payment mechanisms," said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of another Southern California hospital concern, Scripps Health.
Typically, optical component companies spring from scientists or engineers who have incredible insight into the science of photonics, but who also have a tendency to think compartmentally.