Decrepitate meaning

dĭ-krĕp'ĭ-tāt'
To roast or calcine (crystals or salts) until they emit a crackling sound or stop crackling.
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To make a crackling sound when roasted.
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To roast or calcine (salts, minerals, etc.) until a crackling sound is caused or until this sound stops.
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To crackle when exposed to heat.
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To roast (a salt or mineral) until it stops crackling in the fire.
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(intransitive) Of salts and minerals, to crackle when heated, indicating a sudden breakdown of their particles.
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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.
    From Wiktionary