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disassimilation (plural disassimilations)
- (obsolete, biochemistry) catabolism (metabolism with the release of energy)
1851 March 1, Buffalo Medical Journal, volume 6, number 10, page 584:
- It shows that the brain is not important to the proper performance of the functions of assimilation and disassimilation—or those of organic life.
1894, The Dental Register, volume 48, page 198:
- His experiments show “that about four-fifths of our disassimilations are the result of transformations within the body, comparable to the oxidation of alcohol, and that the remaining one-fifth of the disassimilations are formed at the expense of the living tissues themselves, free of all demands on foreign oxygen."
1907, William Henry Howell, A Text-book of physiology, page 342:
- There is a white-black substance which when acted upon by the visible rays of light undergoes disassimilation and sets up nerve impulses that arouse in the brain the sensation of white.
- The act of becoming less assimilated or integrated, particularly of ethnic groups.
2004, Joel Pfister, Individuality incorporated: Indians and the multicultural modern:
- Judging from the autobiographical texts of these three authors, Natives often mixed assimilation with a degree of disassimilation.
2007, Kristofer Allerfeldt, The Progressive Era in the USA, 1890-1921, page 143:
- At this point, "a process of disassimilation begins. The arts, life, and ideals of the nationality become central and paramount; ethnic and national differences change in status from disadvantages to distinctions."
2013, Shaul Magid, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society:
- I see Jewish Renewal as a late twentieth-century articulation of what I called the second stage of disassimilation of American Jews, its constructive/ illustrative phase.