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disintegration

[dis-in-tuh-grey-shuh n] /dɪsˌɪn təˈgreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of disintegrating.
2.
Physics. decay (def 8).
Origin of disintegration
1790-1800
1790-1800; disintegrate + -ion
Related forms
nondisintegration, noun
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n.

1796, noun of action from disintegrate.

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disintegration in Medicine

disintegration dis·in·te·gra·tion (dĭs-ĭn'tĭ-grā'shən)
n.

  1. The breaking up of the component parts of a substance, as in catabolism or decay.

  2. The disorganization or disruption of mental processes in mental illness.

  3. The natural or induced transformation of an atomic nucleus from a more massive to a less massive configuration by the emission of particles or radiation.


dis·in'te·grate' v.
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