disintegration

[dis-in-tuh-grey-shuh n]

noun

the act or process of disintegrating.
Physics. decay(def 8).

Nearby words

  1. disinherit,
  2. disinhibition,
  3. disinhume,
  4. disinsertion,
  5. disintegrate,
  6. disintegration constant,
  7. disinter,
  8. disinterest,
  9. disinterested,
  10. disintermediation

Origin of disintegration

First recorded in 1790–1800; disintegrate + -ion

Related formsnon·dis·in·te·gra·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for disintegration

disintegration

n.

1796, noun of action from disintegrate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for disintegration

disintegration

[dĭs-ĭn′tĭ-grāshən]

n.

The breaking up of the component parts of a substance, as in catabolism or decay.
The disorganization or disruption of mental processes in mental illness.
The natural or induced transformation of an atomic nucleus from a more massive to a less massive configuration by the emission of particles or radiation.
Related formsdis•inte•grate′ v.


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