association

[uh-soh-see-ey-shuhn, -shee-]

noun


Origin of association

1525–35; (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin associātiōn- (stem of associātiō). See associate, -ion
Related formsas·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounnon·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounnon·as·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectivepro·as·so·ci·a·tion, adjectivepseu·do·as·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjectivere·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounsub·as·so·ci·a·tion, nounsub·as·so·ci·a·tion·al, adjective

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association

noun

a group of people having a common purpose or interest; a society or club
the act of associating or the state of being associated
friendship or companionshiptheir association will not last
a mental connection of ideas, feelings, or sensationsassociation of revolution with bloodshed
psychol the mental process of linking ideas so that the recurrence of one idea automatically recalls the otherSee also free association
chem the formation of groups of molecules and ions, esp in liquids, held together by weak chemical bonds
ecology a group of similar plants that grow in a uniform environment and contain one or more dominant species
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Word Origin and History for association
n.

1530s, "action of coming together," from Medieval Latin associationem (nominative associatio), noun of action from past participle stem of associare (see associate). Meaning "a body of persons with a common purpose" is from 1650s. Meaning "mental connection" is from 1680s; that of "quality or thing called to mind by something else" is from 1810.

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association in Medicine

association

[ə-sō′sē-āshən, -shē-]

n.

A connection of persons, things, or ideas by some common factor; union.
A functional connection of two ideas, events, or psychological phenomena established through learning or experience.
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association in Science

association

[ə-sō′sē-āshən, -shē-]

A large number of organisms in a specific geographic area constituting a community with one or two dominant species.
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