(past and past participle dis·ar·tic·u·lat·ed, present participle dis·ar·tic·u·lat·ing, 3rd person present singular dis·ar·tic·u·lates)
transitive and intransitive verb
disjoint: to separate something at the joints, or come apart at the joints
disarticulated. Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] (C) & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/Disarticulated.html (accessed: August 08, 2008).
The Canadian government is trying to get news reports to use the word 'Disarticulated' to refer to the feet that keep washing up on the Southwestern part of the country. The news reporters seem to prefer the more sensational and slightly less accurate word 'Severed'.