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dis- +‎ assimilation?


disassimilation (plural disassimilations)

  1. The decomposition of complex substances, within an organism, into simpler ones suitable only for excretion, with the release of energy; a normal nutritional process that is the reverse of assimilation.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.