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1. The act or process of making or becoming dissimilar.
2. Linguistics The process by which one of two similar or identical sounds in a word becomes less like the other, such as the l in English marble (from French marbre).


1. the act or an instance of making dissimilar
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the alteration or omission of a consonant as a result of being dissimilated
3. (Biochemistry) biology a less common word for catabolism


(dɪˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of making or becoming unlike.
2. the process by which a speech sound becomes different from a neighboring sound, as in purple from Old English purpure, or disappears because of an identical sound nearby, as in the pronunciation of governor as (ˈgʌv ə nər) instead of (ˈgʌv ər nər)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissimilation - a linguistic process by which one of two similar sounds in a word becomes less like the other; "the Old French MARBRE became the English MARBLE by dissimilation"
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
2.dissimilation - breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
metabolic process, metabolism - the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms


, dissimilation
n. disasimilación, proceso destructivo.
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Enumeration of amino acid fermenting bacteria in the human large intestine: effects of pH and starch on peptide metabolism and dissimilation of amino acids.
The pre-eminence of the Hazratbal shrine as the principal shrine of Kashmir drawing devotees from all across the region added to wider propagation and dissimilation of this new architectural style.
The project is relevant to the GEF priorities on public participation, capacity development, information dissimilation and awareness raising among the key stakeholders.
Precisely this higher degree of roundedness could easily have led to an early dissimilation and loss of *u or, even more plausibly, an early complete assimilation of *u to the following vowel n.
Thus we can have a better empathy and appreciation of the dissimilation and reception of literature in a different country.
The different translations of the Bible into Chinese have definitely helped the dissimilation and spread of the word of God, but there was little room for creative interpretation of the Bible cross-textually, as the text's doctrinal framework before it arrived on the shore of China largely dictated how the Bible should be understood.
What is most important in Kreutzwald's T4, is also the general characteristic of the trochaic four-footed verse - here we can see the dissimilation of the indices of syllables of the second and the third duration between the even and odd positions: in even positions the second duration is preferred, in odd position the third.
Le tribunal a retenu contre le mis en cause l'accusation d'assassinat premedite et dissimilation de preuves de crime, et l'a condamne a la peine capitale.
It is beside my point here, but I cannot resist the temptation to mention that if the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) establishes its tiny Kurdistan in the Southeast, the first thing it will do is employ forced and inhumane assimilation and dissimilation to create a culturally and linguistically homogenous nation, similar to Kemalistan in the 1930s.
The exponential growth of legal literature, interdisciplinary nature of law subjects, their relationship & interdependence, widespread legal research activities and rapid dissimilation of legal research products are the main reasons distinguishing law faculty members from the rest of the social sciences researchers and faculty members, therefore, investigation of their information needs and seeking behavior is very much important.
Thus, the use of traditional measures for dissimilation was not appropriate, which was also the case in the Euclidean distance, as it was not yet possible to affirm that the individuals of a pair had close values (CRUZ; CARNEIRO, 2003).
That is why one can argue that the need to exert physical activity - viewed as a means of physical education and sport, whether professional or amateur - is also a biological need that is integrated in man's various organic necessities, as are those "linked to the assimilation and dissimilation process, or anabolism and catabolism, such as hunger, thirst and breathing, on one hand, and the necessity to preserve the species, or sexual instinct, on the other.