disintegration

Disintegration is when one thing splits into parts or just ceases to exist. When something is destroyed, broken up into pieces, or falls apart on its own, that’s disintegration.

If you know that integration brings things or people together, you won't be surprised that disintegration means things are coming apart. Disintegration is what happens when a company breaks into smaller companies or when a band splits up. Often, disintegration is physical — a bomb could cause the disintegration of its target. The decomposition (rotting) of a body is an example of disintegration. When something radioactive decays, that's disintegration, too. Disintegration is when it all falls apart.

Definitions of disintegration
  1. noun
    separation into component parts
    synonyms: dissolution
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    fibrinolysis
    a normal ongoing process that dissolves fibrin and results in the removal of small blood clots
    lysis
    (biochemistry) dissolution or destruction of cells such as blood cells or bacteria
    autolysis, self-digestion
    lysis of plant or animal tissue by an internal process
    bacteriolysis
    dissolution or destruction of bacteria
    cytolysis
    pathological breakdown of cells by the destruction of their outer membrane
    haematolysis, haemolysis, hematolysis, hemolysis
    lysis of erythrocytes with the release of hemoglobin
    karyolysis
    disintegration and dissolution of a cell nucleus when a cell dies
    necrolysis
    disintegration and dissolution of dead tissue
    osteolysis
    lysis of bone caused by disease or infection or inadequate blood supply
    radiolysis
    molecular disintegration resulting from radiation
    thrombolysis
    the process of breaking up and dissolving blood clots
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    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
  2. noun
    a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system
    “a disintegration of personality”
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    disability, disablement, handicap, impairment
    the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
  3. noun
    in a decomposed state
    synonyms: decomposition
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    fragmentation
    the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
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    decay
    an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying
  4. noun
    total destruction
    synonyms: annihilation
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    extermination, extinction
    complete annihilation
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    demolition, destruction, wipeout
    an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
  5. noun
    the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
    synonyms: decay, radioactive decay
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    alpha decay
    radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of an alpha particle
    beta decay
    radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of a beta particle
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    nuclear reaction
    (physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei
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