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disassimilation

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The decomposition of complex substances, within an organism, into simpler ones suitable only for excretion, with the release of energy; a normal nutritional process that is the reverse of assimilation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The decomposition of complex substances, within the organism, into simpler ones suitable only for excretion, with evolution of energy, -- a normal nutritional process the reverse of assimilation; downward metabolism; -- now more commonly called catabolism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The opposite of assimilation; specifically, the same as retrograde metamorphosis (which see, under metamorphosis) or catabolism.

Etymologies

dis- +‎ assimilation? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By contrast, look at what the combination of economic stagnation and demographic disassimilation has done for the French: six days of rioting in not-so-gay suburban Paris.

    Think Progress » What Part of “Obstruction of Justice” Don’t You Understand?

  • For the obese from default of disassimilation, Robin recommends a regimen of green vegetables and bread chiefly -- the latter in small quantities, however, and fluids as may be desired.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 821, September 26, 1891

  • The excessive exercise of the whole body is setting free from the tissues such an amount of excretive matter, and carbon more largely than all the others, that, without a relative action of the lungs to admit the air that oxygen may be absorbed, carbonic acid gas cannot be liberated through the lungs as fast as the waste carbon of the overworked tissues is being made by disassimilation from this excess of respiration.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881

  • In poisoning by lead and copper the accumulation of the poison in the fetal tissues is greater than in the maternal, perhaps from differences in assimilation and disassimilation or from greater diffusion.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • Association in 1912, argued that all the main characteristics of living matter, such as assimilation and disassimilation, growth and reproduction, spontaneous and amoeboid movement, osmotic pressure, karyokinesis, etc., were equally apparent in the non-living; therefore he concluded that life is only one of the many chemical reactions, and that it is not improbable that it will yet be produced by chemical synthesis in the laboratory.

    The Breath of Life

  • Uric and hippuric acids are found in the urine of carnivora and herbivora, respectively, as the result of the healthy wear (disassimilation) of nitrogenous tissues.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • (That partially explains the second - and third-generation disassimilation Derb references.)

    The Corner on National Review Online

  • "That the presence of alcohol in the living system positively lessens the reception and internal distribution of oxygen, and consequently retards the oxidation processes of disassimilation by which the various products for excretion are perfected and their elimination facilitated, is so fully demonstrated, both by observation and experiment, as no longer to admit of doubt.

    Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why What Medical Writers Say

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