dissociation


dissociation
dissociation [di sō΄sē ā′shən, di sō΄shēā′shən]
n.
[L dissociatio]
1. a dissociating or being dissociated; separation
2. Chem. the breaking up of a compound into simpler components, as with heat or a solvent, frequently in a reversible manner so that the components may recombine
3. Psychol.
a) a split in the conscious process in which a group of mental activities breaks away from the main stream of consciousness and functions as a separate unit, as if belonging to another person
b) the abnormal separation of related ideas, thoughts, or emotions
dissociative
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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