dissimilation

[ dih-sim-uh-ley-shuhn ]
/ dɪˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of making or becoming unlike.
Phonetics. the process by which a speech sound becomes different from or less like a neighboring sound, as pilgrim [pil-grim] /ˈpɪl grɪm/ from Latin peregrīnus [per-e-gree-noos], /ˌpɛr ɛˈgri nʊs/, and purple [pur-puhl] /ˈpɜr pəl/ from Old English purpure [poor-poo-re], /ˈpʊər pʊ rɛ/, or disappears entirely because of a like sound in another syllable, as in the pronunciation [guhv-uh-ner] /ˈgʌv ə nər/ for governor.Compare assimilation (def. 7).
Biology. catabolism.

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Origin of dissimilation

First recorded in 1820–30; dis-1 + (as)similation
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British Dictionary definitions for dissimilation

dissimilation
/ (ˌdɪsɪmɪˈleɪʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of making dissimilar
phonetics the alteration or omission of a consonant as a result of being dissimilated
biology a less common word for catabolism
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