dissociation

noun
dis·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)di-ˌsō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce dissociation (audio) , -shē-\

Definition of dissociation

1 : the act or process of dissociating : the state of being dissociated: such as
a : the process by which a chemical combination breaks up into simpler constituents especially : one that results from the action of energy (such as heat) on a gas or of a solvent on a dissolved substance
b : the separation of whole segments of the personality (as in multiple personality disorder) or of discrete mental processes (as in the schizophrenias) from the mainstream of consciousness or of behavior
2 : the property inherent in some biological stocks (as of certain bacteria) of differentiating into two or more distinct and relatively permanent strains also : such a strain

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Other Words from dissociation

dissociative \ (ˌ)di-​ˈsō-​shē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce dissociative (audio) , -​sē-​ , -​shə-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of dissociation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the world of the show, compulsive self-narration betrays, as some critics have pointed out, profound dissociation. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "How ‘Fleabag’ Seduces Us, Then Accuses Us," 19 June 2019 For both Bunny and Juliet, dissociation is a symptom of and a coping mechanism for the mood disorders that alter their emotions and behavior. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible," 22 June 2019 During her testimony, Yoselyn’s sister Delci told a story that defense psychiatrists cited as evidence of psychosis and dissociation. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "The Jury and the Family Speak Out As the Nanny Trial Ends," 19 Apr. 2018 The symptoms include dissociation, explosive anger and a sense of hopelessness. Alexandra Rockey Fleming, chicagotribune.com, "Opioid addiction and overdoses in children devastate their parents," 3 July 2018 Newly employed might draw a few paychecks, but the gains are short-lived as soon as soon as sleep disorders, flashbacks, dissociation and many of the same debilitating post-traumatic stress symptoms that plague military veterans kick in. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What stops a bullet? Milwaukee can learn from L.A. program that has turned to trauma care," 18 June 2018 After #MeToo, this absent or fragmented depiction of women seems like a relic, a product of a long dissociation now ending. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories," 23 May 2018 That might conjure images of prophets or fortunetellers, but dissociation is usually pretty mundane. Ilana Strauss, The Cut, "What Is Sleep Paralysis, and How Do You Stop It?," 12 Apr. 2018 Cases of dissociation had a whiff of the mystical, and doctors tended to stay away from them. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How a Young Woman Lost Her Identity," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dissociation

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dissociation

noun
dis·​so·​ci·​a·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌō-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce dissociation (audio) , -shē- How to pronounce dissociation (audio) \

Medical Definition of dissociation

1 : the act or process of dissociating : the state of being dissociated: as
a : the process by which a chemical combination breaks up into simpler constituents especially : one that results from the action of energy (as heat) on a gas or of a solvent on a dissolved substance
b : the separation of whole segments of the personality (as in multiple personality disorder) or of discrete mental processes (as in the schizophrenias) from the mainstream of consciousness or of behavior with loss of integrated awareness and autonomous functioning of the separated segments or parts
2 : the process by which some biological stocks (as of certain bacteria) differentiate into two or more distinct and relatively permanent strains also : such a strain

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