|1.||[ noun ] (linguistics) 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"
|Related terms:||linguistic_process dissimilate|
|2.||[ noun ] (biology) breakdown of more complex substances into simpler ones with release of energy|
|Synonyms:||katabolism destructive_metabolism catabolism|
|Related terms:||anabolism organic_process metabolism|