One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Grind to a fine powder.‘insoluble materials were triturated with lactose’
fine-grained, powdery, dusty, chalky, floury, powdered, ground, granulated, crushed, pulverizedView synonyms
- ‘For total phenols, the leaves were air-dried, triturated and analysed using the method of Swain.’
- ‘The supernatants were removed and the pellets triturated with 700 l of PBS / 10% FBS.’
- ‘After 6-7 days at 28°, mosquitoes were triturated in undiluted fetal bovine serum at a concentration of 35 mosquitoes/ml serum.’
- ‘Anthracinum, which is prepared by triturating the dried puss from anthrax, is a very effective prophylactic against anthrax.’
- ‘Some triturated powders can be prepared in a lapidary tumbler, using steel balls to do the grinding.’
- 1.1 Chew or grind (food) thoroughly.‘the gizzard is a part of the alimentary canal where food is triturated and broken up’
chew, munch, champ, chomp, crunch, eatView synonyms
- ‘It thus seems that this is not an apparatus for crushing the food, but for expressing the liquid from the food triturated by the jaws.’
- ‘If the mandibles continuously carry out mastication, a large part of the finely triturated food items would be lost into the surrounding environment.’
- ‘This can be a risk for aspiration of triturated food prior to the swallow.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin triturat- ‘(of corn) threshed’, from tritura ‘rubbing’ (from the verb terere).
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