Comminution

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Comminution (Surg) Fracture (of a bone) into a number of pieces.
    • Comminution Gradual diminution by the removal of small particles at a time; a lessening; a wearing away. "Natural and necessary comminution of our lives."
    • Comminution The act of reducing to a fine powder or to small particles; pulverization; the state of being comminuted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comminution The act of comminuting or reducing to fine particles or to a powder; pulverization.
    • n comminution In surgery, a comminute fracture.
    • n comminution Attenuation or diminution by small abstractions.
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Usage

In literature:

The soil contains so much comminuted talc and mica from the adjacent hills that it seems as if mixed with spermaceti.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Thus young Lin heard all about tibia, and comminuted, and other glorious new words, and when sleepless would rehearse them.
"Lin McLean" by Owen Wister
The internal table is widely comminuted, and there is possibly injury to the dura mater.
"The Prospector" by Ralph Connor
The rivers bear the burden both of the comminuted and the dissolved materials to the sea.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
A little comminuted mica may be seen in some cases.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
The completely comminuted nut butters showed consistently higher degrees of digestion than the whole nut.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In neither fracture was there any comminution.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Small comminuted ice, or bay-ice broken up by the wind.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Transfer the comminuted oyster and the liquor to the cylinder.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
He then proceeded to ascertain the effect of substances previously comminuted.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
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In news:

Move in response to Salmonella outbreaks associated with comminuted poultry products.
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In science:

Curran D, Seaman L, Cooper T, Shockey D: ‘Micromechanical model for comminution and granular flow of brittle material under high strain rate. Application to penetration of ceramic targets’.
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields
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