disintegratemedical dictionary

To separate into integrant parts; to reduce to fragments or to powder; to break up, or cause to fall to pieces, as a rock, by blows of a hammer, frost, rain, and other mechanical or atmospheric influences. "Marlites are not disintegrated by exposure to the atmosphere, at least in six years." (Kirwan)

Origin: L. Dis- + integratus, p. P. Of integrare to renew, repair, fr. Integer entire, whole. See Integer.

(01 Mar 1998)