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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.]
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1. (Medicine) to break (a bone) into several small fragments
2. (Law) to divide (property) into small lots
3. (tr) to pulverize
[C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor]
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com•mi•nute(ˈkɒm əˌnut, -ˌnyut)
v. -nut•ed, -nut•ing,
1. to pulverize, as in chemical processing; triturate.adj.
2. powdered or crushed; pulverized.
[1620–30; < Latin comminūtus, past participle of comminuere=com- com- + minuere to lessen, akin to minor minor]
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Past participle: comminuted
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|Verb||1.||comminute - reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"|
pulp - reduce to pulp; "pulp fruit"; "pulp wood"
pestle - grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar; "pestle the garlic"
mill - grind with a mill; "mill grain"
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vt. pulverizar, triturar.
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