To roast or calcine (crystals or salts) until they emit a crackling sound or stop crackling.
To make a crackling sound when roasted.
To roast or calcine (salts, minerals, etc.) until a crackling sound is caused or until this sound stops.
To crackle when exposed to heat.
Origin of decrepitate
- New Latin dēcrepitāre dēcrepitāt- Latin dē- de- Latin crepitāre to crackle frequentative of crepāre to burst, crack
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From mediaeval Latin decrepitare, from Latin de- + crepitare.