dissociation[di sō′sē ā′s̸hən, -s̸hē-]
- a dissociating or being dissociated; separation
- Chem. the breaking up of a compound into simpler components, as with heat or a solvent, frequently in a reversible manner so that the components may recombine
- a split in the conscious process in which a group of mental activities breaks away from the main stream of consciousness and functions as a separate unit, as if belonging to another person
- the abnormal separation of related ideas, thoughts, or emotions
Origin of dissociationClassical Latin dissociatio
- The act of dissociating or the condition of having been dissociated.
- Chemistry a. The process by which the action of a solvent or a change in physical condition, as in pressure or temperature, causes a molecule to split into simpler groups of atoms, single atoms, or ions.b. The separation of an electrolyte into ions of opposite charge.
- Psychiatry A psychological defense mechanism in which specific, anxiety-provoking thoughts, emotions, or physical sensations are separated from the rest of the psyche.
- The act of dissociating or disuniting; a state of separation; disunion.
- (chemistry) The process by which a compound body breaks up into simpler constituents; said particularly of the action of heat on gaseous or volatile substances.
- the dissociation of the sulphur molecules
- the dissociation of ammonium chloride into hydrochloric acid and ammonia
- (psychology) A defence mechanism where certain thoughts or mental processes are compartmentalised in order to avoid emotional stress to the conscious mind.
- "Project MONARCH could be best described as a form of structured dissociation and occultic integration, carried out in order to compartmentalize the mind into multiple personalities within a systematic framework." —Ron Patton