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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).
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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
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dis•sim•i•la•tion(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)
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|Noun||1.||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
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