[ dis-loh-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌdɪs loʊˈkeɪ ʃən /
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an act or instance of dislocating.
the state of being dislocated.
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) /

the act of displacing or the state of being displaced; disruption
(esp of the bones in a joint) the state or condition of being dislocated
a line, plane, or region in which there is a discontinuity in the regularity of a crystal lattice
geology a less common word for fault (def. 6)
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Medical definitions for dislocation

[ dĭs′lō-kāshən ]

Displacement of a body part, especially the temporary displacement of a bone from its normal position; luxation.
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Scientific definitions for dislocation

[ dĭs′lō-kāshən ]

Displacement of a bone from its normal position, especially at a joint.
Geology See displacement.
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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