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Pronunciation:  di`sowsee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of removing from association
  2. [n]  (chemistry) the temporary or reversible chemical process in which a molecule or ion is broken down into smaller molecules or ions
  3. [n]  a state in which some integrated part of a person's life becomes separated from the rest of the personality and functions independently

DISSOCIATION is a 12 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: disassociation
 See Also: chemical action, chemical change, chemical process, compartmentalisation, compartmentalization, dissociative disorder, mental state, psychological state, separation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*so`ci*a"tion\ (?; 106), n. [L. dissociatio:
cf. F. dissociation.]
1. The act of dissociating or disuniting; a state of
   separation; disunion.

         It will add infinitely dissociation, distraction,
         and confusion of these confederate republics.

2. (Chem.) The process by which a compound body breaks up
   into simpler constituents; -- said particularly of the
   action of heat on gaseous or volatile substances; as, the
   dissociation of the sulphur molecules; the dissociation of
   ammonium chloride into hydrochloric acid and ammonia.

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