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Borrowed from French dissociation, from Latin dissociātiō.



dissociation (countable and uncountable, plural dissociations)

  1. The act of dissociating or disuniting; a state of separation; disunion.
  2. (chemistry) The process by which a compound body breaks up into simpler constituents; said particularly of the action of heat on gaseous or volatile substances.
    the dissociation of the sulphur molecules
    the dissociation of ammonium chloride into hydrochloric acid and ammonia
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (psychology) A defence mechanism where certain thoughts or mental processes are compartmentalised in order to avoid emotional stress to the conscious mind.
    • Ron Patton
      Project MONARCH could be best described as a form of structured dissociation and occultic integration, carried out in order to compartmentalize the mind into multiple personalities within a systematic framework.

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