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- 1. dissimilation, linguistic process
- usage: a linguistic process by which one of two similar sounds in a word becomes less like the other; "the Old French MARBRE became the English MARBLE by dissimilation"
- 2. catabolism, katabolism, dissimilation, destructive metabolism, organic process, biological process
- usage: breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
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