an act or instance of dissociating.
the state of being dissociated; disjunction; separation: the dissociation of church and state.
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.
Psychiatry. the splitting off of a group of mental processes from the main body of consciousness, as in amnesia or certain forms of hysteria.
- self-dis·so·ci·a·tion, noun
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How to use dissociation in a sentence
The result is a powerful combination of dissociation, immersion, and openness to new experiences, which culminates in what was once called a “trance,” but which modern hypnotherapists simply refer to as a “hypnotic state.”
Similarly, increase the electron-proton mass ratio and the dissociation energy—the energy involved in breaking and making molecular bonds—goes up.A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life - Issue 99: Universality | Caleb Scharf | April 21, 2021 | Nautilus
Default mode network dissociation in depressive and anxiety states.A Quiet Path Out of the Coronavirus Shadow - Issue 98: Mind | Clayton Dalton | March 31, 2021 | Nautilus
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
That fear—and its attendant dissociation—is what speaks loudest in the haunting photographs of the Provoke Era.
There seems to be very little known about dissociation, and somewhat vague theories have been advanced to explain the phenomenon.Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
In certain conditions they are capable of dissociation, and they last for a longer or a shorter time.Reincarnation | Th. Pascal
Psychologists will explain his experience by the word “dissociation.”Alfred Tennyson | Andrew Lang
Within ten minutes their dissociation was final and absolute.Joan Thursday | Louis Joseph Vance
The theory of dissociation has, as far as I know, no opponents.Spiritualism and the New Psychology | Millais Culpin
British Dictionary definitions for dissociation
the act of dissociating or the state of being dissociated
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
separation of molecules or atoms that occurs when a liquid or solid changes to a gas
psychiatry the separation of a group of mental processes or ideas from the rest of the personality, so that they lead an independent existence, as in cases of multiple personality
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Scientific definitions for dissociation
The separation of a substance into two or more simpler substances, or of a molecule into atoms or ions, by the action of heat or a chemical process. Dissociation is usually reversible.
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