from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce to powder; pulverize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pulverize; to smash.
- v. To cause fragmentation of bone, an intense skull fracture.
- v. To break into smaller portions.
- n. pulverized material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce to minute particles, or to a fine powder; to pulverize; to triturate; to grind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make small or fine; reduce to minute particles or to a fine powder by breaking, pounding, braying, rasping, or grinding; pulverize; triturate, levigate.
- Divided into small parts; comminuted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
For here again it is because the mouth fails to perform its office and fails even more completely-for birds have no teeth at all, nor any instrument whatsoever with which to comminute or grind down their food-it is,
Again in some multiple injuries, pain was only felt in the more sensitive of the regions implicated; thus a patient in whom a bullet (Martini) traversed the arm and chest emerging in the neck to again enter the chin and comminute the mandible, only felt pain in the chin and first realised that he had been wounded elsewhere when he undressed.
The stomach is well muscled and churns the food about, helping to comminute it, but it can not take the place of the teeth.
Even after taking all possible precautions to finely comminute these substances by mechanical means, still only imperfect results are obtained, for the impurities, that is to say, the sand, can never be so intimately mixed with the lighter particles that a sample of 0.5 to
That the stomach is fully able to comminute the food may be proved by the following calculation.
* In exceptional cases it may be necessary to comminute a large foreign body such as a tooth plate.
He explained that he had introduced a chisel through his perineal fistula to the stone, and attempted to comminute it himself and thus remove it, and by so doing had removed about an ounce of the calculus.
This would involve a large amount of unnecessary physiological labor, to comminute, dissolve, and absorb the food, and to excrete the superfluous nitrogenous matter.
So this question becomes urgent: Why, the absolute's own total vision of things being so rational, was it necessary to comminute it into all these coexisting inferior fragmentary visions?
Wounded -- a comminute fracture of the right thigh, a torn gash in the left thigh, contusion of the abdomen -- by the bursting of a projectile,