Definition of disarticulate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Separate (bones) at the joints.

    ‘the African egg-eating snake can disarticulate its lower jaw from its upper’
    • ‘Other scattered, disarticulated bones on the platform were oriented both east-west and north-south.’
    • ‘Additionally, disarticulated human bone was found mixed with animal bone and other household refuse in the fill of burial pits and other small pits.’
    • ‘If there's just a single disarticulated bone in the site, then it becomes more tenuous.’
    • ‘Large disarticulated spines found in limestones upsection from the shale unit at the Lake Brownwood Spillway are typically 60-70 mm when complete.’
    • ‘Almost all of the skeletons are entirely disarticulated, obscuring our view of what occurred after death.’
    • ‘When it was excavated in 1821 at least fifteen disarticulated skeletons were found, and a further eight or nine in 1854.’
    • ‘Both hindlimbs were disarticulated at the hip joints and stored at - 20 [degrees] C until required for mechanical testing.’
    • ‘An infant buried in a pit within the Dederiyeh Cave in Syria, for example, seems to have been placed after its joints had become disarticulated, but with some concern that bodily parts were placed in their correct anatomical order.’
    • ‘Although disarticulated, the bones maintain some anatomical organization.’
    • ‘Suddenly its huge mouth opens perpendicularly to its body, and its jaw disarticulates from the skull.’
    • ‘Specimens were then prepared for morphometric analysis with dermestid beetles, which cleaned and disarticulated skeletal elements of the head.’
    • ‘However, the completely disarticulated nature of the skeleton necessitates that some form of pre-burial dispersal occurred.’
    • ‘Although all sutures are open and some are now filled with sediment, these elements must have been firmly united by ligaments to resist the forces that completely disarticulated other parts of the skeleton.’
    • ‘The direction and magnitude of deviations of the guidewire from the anatomic center of the posterior horn were determined after disarticulating the knees.’
    • ‘The former ‘specimen’ includes two disarticulated right frontals, only one of which preserves the surface of the relevant area.’
    • ‘The tibiae were disarticulated, stripped of soft tissue, and placed in 70% alcohol for fixation and storage.’
    • ‘In Oestocephalus, the atlas is disarticulated, but the relatively shorter proatlas would permit a closer articulation with the skull.’
    • ‘Each knee was disarticulated at the hip, and skin and muscle were stripped both proximal and distal to the knee.’
    • ‘The famous surgeon, Dr. Pott, was able to disarticulate an ankle and dip the soggy end of the lower leg into boiling pitch in 15 seconds.’
    • ‘The apparent ease with which the sponge skeletons disarticulated before burial makes our discovery of well-preserved specimens of special interest.’
    disconnect, pull apart, break apart, detach, disengage, uncouple, unyoke, disarticulate, disassemble, disunite, disjoin, disaffiliate
  • 2Disrupt the logic of (an argument or opinion)

    ‘novels disarticulate theories’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the preceding account simply specifies masquerade as a type of representation which carries a threat, disarticulating male systems of viewing.’