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compartment

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

First attested 1564, from Middle French compartiment, from Italian compartimento, from Late Latin compartiri (to divide with, to share with), from com- + partiri (to apportion, to divide, to share)

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: [kəm-pärtmənt]

NounEdit

compartment (plural compartments)

  1. A room, or section, or chamber
  2. One of the parts in which an area is subdivided.
  3. (biochemistry) Part of a protein that serves a specific function.
  4. (heraldry) A mound (often of grass) beneath the shield in a coat of arms on which the supporters stand.

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