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  • adjective Ground down; pulverised.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of triturate.


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Participle adjective of triturate.


  • Such substances are fruits, nuts, roots, or leaves, which are "triturated" and mixed with the saliva during the process of mastication.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

  • When you have performed the burning, boil lentils and tares, finely triturated in water, and apply as a cataplasm for five or six days.

    On Hemorrhoids

  • A fourth part of a pound of cleaned beans, and twelve shoots of madder having been triturated, are to be mixed together and boiled, and given as a linctus with some fatty substance.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Washed spodium (tutty?) mixed with grease, and not of a thinner consistence than dough, is to be carefully triturated, and moistened with the juice of unripe raisins; and having dried in the sun, moisten until it is of the consistence of an ointment.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • The paper was not made of silk nor yet from the Broussonetia; the pulp proved to be the triturated fibre of some kind of bamboo.

    Two Poets

  • But this medicine should be prepared beforehand, as an application to the wound: - Having put urine into a bronze vessel, sprinkle upon the urine the flower of bronze calcined and finely triturated; then, when it is moistened, shake the vessel and dry in the sun.

    On Hemorrhoids

  • In the next place, having moistened the strip of cotton cloth, with the juice of the great tithymallus, and sprinkling on it the flos aeris, roasted and triturated, and having made it into

    On Fistulae

  • Illyrian spodos triturated with the shavings, and with the shavings alone.

    On Ulcers

  • If there be pain without inflammation, having roasted red natron, and pounded it to a fine powder, and added alum and roasted salts, finely triturated, mix together in equal proportions; then having mixed it up with the best pitch and spread upon a rag, apply, and bind.

    On Fistulae

  • Another: - Sprinkle (on the sore?) lead finely triturated with the recrement of copper; and sprinkle on it, also, the shavings of lotus, and the scales of copper, and alum, and chalcitis, with copper, both alone, and with the shavings of lotus.

    On Ulcers


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  • "...for want of an intelligent reliable loblolly boy, had rolled their own pills, prepared their own draughts and triturated their own quicksilver in hog's lard for blue ointment."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 280

    March 5, 2008

  • I wonder whether this is a variant of "titrated"?

    March 5, 2008

  • I don't know, but triturate is already listed by several other people (I think). They could be different.

    March 6, 2008

  • No, looks as though it has a different meaning after all. Interesting. Thanks, c_b! -- Signed, Formerly Too Lazy to Check But Finally Got Around to It

    March 6, 2008

  • isn't there also a verb 'tritiate' meaning to replace regular hydrogen atoms by their heavy isotope, 'tritium'. Same delicious flavor, three times the mass!

    March 6, 2008

  • Sionnach, I love how you mention that so very casually, as though we're all going to say, "Oh, right! Gosh, how did I forget that??" ;-)

    I've never been great at science.

    March 6, 2008

  • Sionnach,

    Oh right! Gosh, how could I forget that?

    Three times the mass! Yummy yummy yummy, I've got isotopes in my tummy!

    March 6, 2008

  • "Cocoa shells are also very nutritious and palatable; they must be roasted with the same care as coffee, turned slowly during the operation, but constantly and in a tightly covered cylinder. After being carefully roasted a deep brown, when cool it must be triturated smoothly in a mortar, as much as may be required; when reduced to a paste, and all the little husks removed, then pour over a spoonful of the paste a cupful of boiling water, thus proportioned to the quantity required; then boil it for twenty minutes, stirring, but kept covered; then serve as coffee, diluting with boiling milk or cream, and sugar to the taste; this forms a very agreeable beverage."

    —Susan Williams, Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (New York: Pantheon Books, 1985), 208

    Yeah, agreeable. Unless you're the one making it. What a pain in the ass! I'll just have water, please.

    May 4, 2010