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detachment

[dih-tach-muh nt] /dɪˈtætʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of detaching.
2.
the condition of being detached.
3.
aloofness, as from worldly affairs or from the concerns of others.
4.
freedom from prejudice or partiality.
5.
the act of sending out a detached force of troops or naval ships.
6.
the body of troops or ships so detached.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < French détachement. See detach, -ment
Related forms
nondetachment, noun
predetachment, noun
Synonyms
3. coolness, indifference, unconcern.
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  • Retinal detachment repair is eye surgery to place a detached retina back into its normal position.
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  • Although there is supporting evidence for lithospheric detachment form geophysical data, the process remains unproven.
British Dictionary definitions for detachment

detachment

/dɪˈtætʃmənt/
noun
1.
indifference to other people or to one's surroundings; aloofness
2.
freedom from self-interest or bias; disinterest
3.
the act of disengaging or separating something
4.
the condition of being disengaged or separated; disconnection
5.
(military)
  1. the separation of a small unit from its main body, esp of ships or troops
  2. the unit so detached
6.
(Canadian) a branch office of a police force
7.
(logic) the rule whereby the consequent of a true conditional statement, given the truth of its antecedent, may be asserted on its own See also modus ponens
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Word Origin and History for detachment
n.

1660s, "action of detaching," from French détachement (17c.), from détacher (see detach). Meaning "portion of a military force" is from 1670s; that of "aloofness from objects or circumstances" is from 1798.

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detachment in Medicine

detachment de·tach·ment (dĭ-tāch'mənt)
n.

  1. The act or process of disconnecting or detaching; separation.

  2. The state of being separate or detached.

  3. Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns of others; aloofness.

  4. Absence of prejudice or bias; disinterest.

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