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
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n separation into component parts

Synonyms:
dissolution
Types:
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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
Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

n a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system

“a disintegration of personality”
Type of:
disability, disablement, handicap, impairment
the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness

n in a decomposed state

Synonyms:
decomposition
Types:
fragmentation
the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
Type of:
decay
an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying

n total destruction

Synonyms:
annihilation
Types:
extermination, extinction
complete annihilation
Type of:
demolition, destruction, wipeout
an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something

n the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation

Synonyms:
decay, radioactive decay
Types:
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
Type of:
nuclear reaction
(physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei

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