[ dis-loh-key-shuhn ]
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  1. an act or instance of dislocating.

  2. the state of being dislocated.

  1. Crystallography. (in a crystal lattice) a line about which there is a discontinuity in the lattice structure.: Compare defect (def. 3).

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Origin of dislocation

1350–1400; Middle English dislocacioun;see dislocate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for dislocation


/ (ˌdɪsləˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of displacing or the state of being displaced; disruption

  2. (esp of the bones in a joint) the state or condition of being dislocated

  1. a line, plane, or region in which there is a discontinuity in the regularity of a crystal lattice

  2. geology a less common word for fault (def. 6)

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Scientific definitions for dislocation


[ dĭs′lō-kāshən ]

  1. Displacement of a bone from its normal position, especially at a joint.

  1. An imperfection in the crystal structure of a metal or other solid resulting from an absence of an atom or atoms in one or more layers of a crystal.

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