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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Comminution \Com`mi*nu"tion\, n. 1. The act of reducing to a fine powder or to small particles; pulverization; the state of being comminuted. --Bentley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Surg.) Fracture (of a bone) into a number of pieces. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 3. Gradual diminution by the removal of small particles at a time; a lessening; a wearing away. [1913 Webster] Natural and necessary comminution of our lives. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]