Dissociation definition

dĭ-sōsē-āshən, -shē-
The act of dissociating or the condition of having been dissociated.
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The act of dissociating or the condition of having been dissociated.
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(psychiatry) A psychological defense mechanism in which specific, anxiety-provoking thoughts, emotions, or physical sensations are separated from the rest of the psyche.
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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.
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The separation of an electrolyte into ions of opposite charge.
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A dissociating or being dissociated; separation.
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(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.
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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.
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The abnormal separation of related ideas, thoughts, or emotions.
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(psychiatry) A disintegration or fragmentation of the mind in which memories, thoughts, or aspects of the personality become disconnected, as in multiple personality disorder or some kinds of amnesia.
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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.
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The separation of an electrolyte into ions of opposite charge.
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The separation of a substance into two or more simpler substances, or of a molecule into atoms or ions, by the action of heat or a chemical process. Dissociation is usually reversible.
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(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.

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(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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dissociation
Plural:
dissociations

Origin of dissociation