From Latin comminūtiō (“breaking into pieces, crumbling, shattering; crushing, pulverizing”), from Latin comminuō (“to break or crumble into small pieces; to crush, pulverize”) (from com- (“prefix indicating completeness”) + minuō (“to make smaller; to diminish, lessen”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“little, small”)) + Latin -tiō (“suffix forming a noun relating to some action or the result of an action”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkɒmɪˈnjuːʃ(ə)n/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌkɑməˈn(j)uʃən/
- Hyphenation: com‧mi‧nu‧tion
- (often mining, waste management) The breaking or grinding up of a material to form smaller particles.
1978, J. P. La Fage; W. L. Nutting, “Nutrient Dynamics of Termites”, in M. V. Brian, editor, Production Ecology of Ants and Termites (International Biological Programme; 13), Cambridge; New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-21519-0, page 165:
- Termites are herbivores and detritivores variously involved in the comminution and decomposition of vegetable matter, through most of the warm temperate and tropical zones.
- (traumatology) The fracture of a bone site in multiple pieces (technically, at least three); crumbling.