Soak your tooth in a cup of soda for long enough and it will disintegrate, or break apart from decay.

The word disintegrate comes from a combination of the prefix dis- meaning "do the opposite of" and the Latin integrare meaning "to make whole." When something disintegrates, it does the opposite of become whole; it falls apart. Objects can either disintegrate over time — like a tooth soaking in a cup of soda, or instantaneously — like a building disintegrating into dust from an explosion.

Definitions of disintegrate

v break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

“The material disintegrated
“the group disintegrated after the leader died”
incorporate, integrate
make into a whole or make part of a whole
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powder, powderise, powderize, pulverise, pulverize
make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
powderise, powderize, pulverise, pulverize
become powder or dust
run, unravel
become undone
crumble, fall apart
break or fall apart into fragments
soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture
pass into a solution
break apart, break up, crash
break violently or noisily; smash;
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v cause to undergo fission or lose particles

decay, decompose
lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

“the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process”
decay, decompose
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

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