comminuted


comminuted
Broken into several pieces; denoting especially a fractured bone. [L. com-minuo, pp. -minutus, to make smaller, break into pieces, fr. minor, less]

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com·mi·nut·ed adj being a fracture in which the bone is splintered or crushed into numerous pieces <a \comminuted elbow fracture>

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com·mi·nut·ed (komґĭ-nəd) [com- + L. minuere to diminish] broken or crushed into small pieces, as a comminuted fracture.

Medical dictionary. 2011.