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  • s  easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder
    friable sandstone
    friable carcinomatous tissue
    friable curds formed in the stomach

  • To rectify this, to get a soil that was ''friable, moist and mellow," he had ten tons of secret minerals churned into the soil by a special harrow and hopper-spreader.
  • Sample: The scalp of a 45-year-old construction laborer, superficially grazed by a swinging hook on the end of a derrick cable, later developed a friable, fungating ulceration.
  • Today, menaced by polluted air, damp, neglect, and decay, the walls of Renaissance Italy hold in their friable plaster some of the greatest monuments to faith and beauty ever .

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