dissociation

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

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 dissociative identity disorder) or of discrete mental processes (as in schizophrenia) 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

Other Words from dissociation

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

Examples of dissociation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mechanic agreed, describing dissociation as a coping mechanism. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2022 Some argued that phones helped alleviate issues like social anxiety and dissociation amid big crowds. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Fortunately, for the vast majority of people, feelings of detachment or dissociation will pass, just as the pandemic will eventually end. Moya Crockett, refinery29.com, 29 Dec. 2021 The internet, by contrast, replicates — and also, of course, consumes — waking consciousness, fragmenting experience into shards of distraction, dissociation and randomness. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Nowhere is the truth of that statement more evident than at Jenkins, officially Black Rock Psychiatric Hospital, where patients in varying stages of distress and dissociation wander the same grounds their ancestors may have toiled. Naomi Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 There’s little more stimulating than two bodies writhing — an organic escapism without risk of dissociation. Beth Ashley, refinery29.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Classified as a Schedule III substance, esketamine’s safety profile based on real-world data includes possible dissociation, sedation, and suicidal ideation. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 5 July 2021 There’s little more stimulating than two bodies writhing – an organic escapism without risk of dissociation. Beth Ashley, refinery29.com, 27 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dissociation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Apr 2022

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“Dissociation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissociation. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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 dissociative identity disorder) or of discrete mental processes (as in schizophrenia) 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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