triturate (triturates, present participle triturating; past and past participle triturated)

  1. To grind to a fine powder, to pulverize.
  2. To mix two solid reactants by repeated grinding and stirring.
  3. To break up biological tissue into individual cells via passage through a narrow opening such as a hypodermic needle.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula (Chapter X)
      Just over the external jugular vein there were two punctures, not large, but not wholesome-looking. There was no sign of disease, but the edges were white and worn-looking, as if by some trituration.
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