- the reversible resolution or decomposition of a complex substance into simpler constituents caused by variation in physical conditions, as when water gradually decomposes into hydrogen and oxygen under great heat in such a way that when the temperature is lowered the liberated elements recombine.
- electrolytic dissociation.
Related formsself-dis·so·ci·a·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for dissociation
The group encompasses Byrne's art-rock solitariness and the dissociation effects in the spare—somewhat Godardian—staging.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession|Pauline Kael|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ions formed by the dissociation of any molecule are of two kinds.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
The importance of this relation will be seen by considering the alternative to the dissociation hypothesis.
These it is which appear to be an efficient cause of dissociation, and which, therefore, limit the temperature of flame.
The community splintered and the very fabric of society was consumed by this massive act of dissociation.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
Professor Janet adopted his usual tactics—what he terms the dissociation and the gradual substitution of ideas.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death|Frederick W. H. Myers
British Dictionary definitions for dissociation
- a reversible chemical change of the molecules of a single compound into two or more other molecules, atoms, ions, or radicals
- any decomposition of the molecules of a single compound into two or more other compounds, atoms, ions, or radicals