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[dis-in-tuh-grey-shuh n] /dɪsˌɪn təˈgreɪ ʃən/
the act or process of disintegrating.
Physics. decay (def 8).
Origin of disintegration
1790-1800; disintegrate + -ion
Related forms
nondisintegration, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disintegration
  • The disintegration of a marriage, from the husband's point of view.
  • But some scholars believe that a disintegration of anthropology may be accelerating today.
  • The cracks then flood, and this speeds up the disintegration of the shelf by weakening its interior.
  • Scientists are finally beginning to agree on what controls the size of the sheet and its rate of disintegration.
  • There are technical terms for this kind of disintegration.
  • The disintegration went on, accompanied by horrible cracks and rumbling.
  • The weakening of the administration is another sort of disintegration.
  • But neither are they being asked whether they want disintegration.
  • Social unrest and political disintegration will surely follow soon after.
  • The fix was an operation to clear out the disintegration, clean up the spurs and fuse the vertebrae.
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Word Origin and History for disintegration

1796, noun of action from disintegrate.

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disintegration in Medicine

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

  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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