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disintegration

Syllabification: dis·in·te·gra·tion
Pronunciation: /disˌin(t)əˈɡrāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of disintegration in English:

noun

1The process of losing cohesion or strength: the twin problems of economic failure and social disintegration
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  • These types of sovereignty may be lost or limited by disintegration of a state, conquest or, more typically today, by binding agreements with other states.
  • No hazards are greater, however, than a continuance of the present process of disintegration in Germany - political, material, social and spiritual.
  • According to her, the most critical issue facing Bali is ‘the potential for social conflict and disintegration stemming from a lack of human security’.
1.1The process of coming to pieces: the disintegration of infected cells
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  • Necrosis is a spontaneous and unregulated process that results in disintegration of the cell membrane and its organelles.
  • During fruit softening, pectins and hemicelluloses typically undergo solubilization and depolymerization that are thought to contribute to cell wall loosening and disintegration.
  • Aerenchyma is formed by cell separation or selective cell death and disintegration.
1.2 Physics A process in which a nucleus or other subatomic particle emits a smaller particle or divides into smaller particles.
Example sentences
  • The disintegration of the nucleus produces one alpha particle.
  • The implant is electrically isolated from active participation in the electrolytic disintegration which occurs when a current is applied to the wire.
  • A nucleus can find itself in an excited state when, for example, it has just been created through the disintegration of another radioactive nucleus.

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