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 (dĭ-sō′sē-ā′shən, -shē-)
1. The act of dissociating or the condition of having been dissociated.
2. Chemistry
a. The process by which the action of a solvent or a change in physical condition, as in pressure or temperature, causes a molecule to split into simpler groups of atoms, single atoms, or ions.
b. The separation of an electrolyte into ions of opposite charge.
3. Psychiatry A disintegration or fragmentation of the mind in which memories, thoughts, or aspects of the personality become disconnected, as in multiple personality disorder or some kinds of amnesia.

dis·so′ci·a′tive (-ə-tĭv) adj.
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Adj.1.dissociative - tending to produce dissociation
divisible - capable of being or liable to be divided or separated; "even numbers are divisible by two"; "the Americans fought a bloody war to prove that their nation is not divisible"
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Properties of dissociatively extracted fetal tooth matrix proteins.
Still, in every sense that matters, 'grotesque' is the mot juste when it comes to classifying Lassnig's wayward way with shapes and her astonishingly uninhibited and associatively as well as dissociatively provocative distortion of the natural.
Even further, when texts and images are linked dissociatively, we can also turn to Olbrechts-Tyteca's categories of philosophical pairs for more insight into the relationship between the two terms.
Moreover, the oxidation of carbonaceous materials occurs on surface carbon sites that are capable of dissociatively chemisorbing oxygen [41].
And even were one to argue, and rightly so, that trauma arrests time's reassuringly sequential passage, instead returning reiteratively to the psychic place of traumatic origin in which time is contained in the recurring emotional replay of the experience of the event, the unfolding narrative of life, if only as perceived dissociatively, continues.