clast-, clas-, -clastic, -clast, -clase, -clasia, -clasis, -clasis, -clasmic, -clasm

(Greek: break, break in pieces; broken, broken in pieces, crush; bend)

A reference to anything that is destructive of brain tissue.
An instrument for breaking down adhesions, whether osseous or fibrous, in the knee~joint.
A reference to the breaking down of sugars by the process of hydrolysis and the digestion of sugars.
1. Very small salt fragments or salt-grains resulting from the breakdown of larger saline chunks; such as, those from salt mines, etc.
2. The breaking up of larger pieces of salt in order to make them into fine grains for table salt and other food applications.
1. Pertaining to the breakdown or resorption of tissue by cells.
2. The ability to break down tissues, said of certain cells.
A fragmental rock produced by the action of water.
iconoclasm (s) (noun), iconoclasms (pl)
1. The action or spirit of iconoclasts.
2. The beliefs, practices, or doctrine of an iconoclast.
3. A challenge to or overturning of traditional beliefs, customs, and values.
4. The destruction of religious images used in worship, or strong opposition to their use in worship.
iconoclast (s) (noun), iconoclasts (pl)
1. Someone who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
2. A person who destroys sacred religious images.
3. A breaker or destroyer of images; especially, those set up for religious veneration.
4. A person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.
Man is iconoclastic with a hammer as he breaks a bull icon to pieces.
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The original iconoclasts destroyed countless works of art; such as, religious images which were the subject of controversy among Christians of the Byzantine Empire, especially in the eighth and ninth centuries, when iconoclasm was at its height.

Those who opposed images did not simply destroy them, although many were demolished; they also attempted to have the images barred from display and veneration.

During the Protestant Reformation, images in churches were again felt to be idolatrous and were banned and destroyed. In the nineteenth century, the term "iconoclast" took on the secular sense that it has today; someone who breaks traditions, doctrines, convictions, practices, etc.

iconoclastic (adjective)
1. Characterized by attacks on established beliefs or institutions.
2. Someone who strongly opposes generally accepted beliefs and traditions.
Rock composed of fragments visible to the naked eye.
Someone who destroys or casts discredit upon myths.

Related break, broken-word units: frag-; rupt-.