- the act of dissociating or the state of being dissociated
- a reversible chemical change of the molecules of a single compound into two or more other molecules, atoms, ions, or radicals
- the separation of a group of mental processes or ideas from the rest of the personality, so that they lead an independent existence, as in cases of multiple personality
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- an act or instance of dissociating.
- the state of being dissociated;
separation:the dissociation of church and state.
- Chemistry[Physical Chem.]
- the reversible resolution or decomposition of a complex substance into simpler constituents caused by variation in physical conditions, as when water gradually decomposes into hydrogen and oxygen under great heat in such a way that when the temperature is lowered the liberated elements recombine.
- See electrolytic dissociation.
- Psychiatrythe splitting off of a group of mental processes from the main body of consciousness, as in amnesia or certain forms of hysteria.
- dis-1 + (as)sociation, modeled on Latin dissociātiō separation 1605–15
- to cut off or separate the association of; disconnect:He tried to dissociate himself from his past.
- to sever the association of (oneself );
separate:He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
- to subject to dissociation.
- to withdraw from association.
- to undergo dissociation.
- dis-1 + (as)sociate, modeled on Latin dissociātus, past participle of dissociāre to divide, sever 1605–15