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 (kŏm′ə-no͞ot′, -nyo͞ot′)
tr.v. com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing, com·mi·nutes
To reduce to powder; pulverize.

[Latin comminuere, comminūt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + minuere, to lessen; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

com′mi·nu′tion n.


the breaking of a bone into small pieces. See also bones.
See also: Surgery
the breaking of a bone into small pieces.
See also: Bones
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The process of rubbing against each other as they move also erodes sand grains, and the tiny bits that break off contribute to dust, in a process known as communition.
We can help with grinding and communition equipment (wet and dry), blending and sampling equipment and grinding media of all types.
It focused on (a) perception of fairness, (b) scope for growth and development, (c) mentorship and support, (d) communition tone and gestures, (e) experience of empowerment, (f) feedback mechanism.
Biomechanically, there is a high stress concentration in trochanteric region and high degree of communition makes reduction and fixation of such fractures a difficulty, which in turn is responsible for the high incidence of complications in the treatment of these fractures.
INTRODUCTION: Tibial pilon fracture--Spectrum of injury ranging from fractures caused by low energy rotational foces to fractures caused high energy axial compression forces due to RTA/fall from height with significant metaphyseal communition articular communition with diaphyseal extension.
Svensson, Microwave assisted communition and liberation of minerals, Proceedings of the 8th Int.
We want to go with you to the shanties, to the prison cells, to hospitals, to the world of politics, arts, the sciences, culture, education and social communition.
The only way such agglomerates can be broken up may be by communition involving any of ball milling, jaw milling, crushing, or grinding.
Since 1898, Koppern has manufactured roller presses and designed plants for briquetting, compaction, and communition.
He then returns a third time to the idea of communition and begins ticking off a list of "the things about satire," which again lapses into conventionally reductive thinking about satire (NBAC 194).
In addition to excellent magnetic separation and HPGR test work results, communition tests are within acceptable limits and broadly consistent, with little variability within and between the Boo-Loo and Murphy South areas.

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