ORGLIST: Triturate

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From: Bryan Vickery (bryanv$##$cursci.co.uk)
Date: Fri Jun 05 1998 - 07:25:43 EDT


Collins English dictionary puts Triturate as:

To grind or rub into a fine powder or pulp, or, the powder of pulp
resulting from this grinding process and is from the late latin THRESH
(to beat or strike).

please note that the follwing is from Encyclopedia Britannica Online
where anyone can get a free 7 day trial.

Trituration:


"Powders intended for internal use are usually mixtures of two or more
ingredients. If two ingredients are present in unequal quantities, then
thelesser ingredient (usually the drug) is mixed with an equal weight of
thegreater ingredient. Next, the resulting mixture is combined with an
equal weight of the greater ingredient in steps until the mixture is
complete. This process of geometric dilution (or **trituration**) is
essential in order to produce a homogeneous powder."
Copyright ) 1994-1998 Encyclopfdia Britannica, Inc.

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