• IPA: /ˈdɪˌsəʊʃɪieɪʃən/ (British)


  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
  3. (psychology) A defence mechanism where certain thoughts or mental processes are compartmentalised in order to avoid emotional stress to the conscious mind.
    • 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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