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Dictionary Definition

decrepitate

Verb

1 undergo decrepitation and crackle; "The salt decrepitated"
2 to roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops; "decrepitate salts"

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English

Etymology

From mediaeval Latin decrepitare, from de- + crepitare.

Pronunciation

/dɪˈkɹɛpɪteɪt/

Verb

  1. To roast (a salt or mineral) until it stops crackling in the fire.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Folio 2007, p. 333:
      so will it come to pass in a pot of salt, although decrepitated; and so also in a pot of Snow.
  2. Of slats and minerals, to crackle when heated, indicating a sudden breakdown of their particles.
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