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(dis″ĭn-fek′shŏn) [1dis- + infection] The application of a disinfectant to materials and surfaces to destroy pathogenic microorganisms.

high-level d. The inactivation of all bacteria, fungi, mycobacteria, and viruses on an instrument or surface used in patient care. The elimination of all spores is a separate process.


(dĭs″ĭn-fĕs-tā′shŭn) [L. dis, apart, + infestare, to strike at] The process of killing infesting insects or parasites.


(dis″in-(h)ĭ-bish′ŏn) 1. Abolition or countering of inhibition. 2. In psychiatry, freedom to act in accordance with one's drives with a decrease in social or cultural constraint. 3. Loss of typical behavioral or social restraints.


(dĭs″ĭn-sĕr′shŭn) Retinodialysis.


1. Any product of catabolism. 2. The falling apart or separation of the constituents of a substance. 3. Disorganization of the psyche.

disintegrative disorder

A personality disorder of children marked by regression in many areas of functioning after at least 2 yr of normal development. Individuals exhibit social, communicative, and behavioral characteristics similar to those of autistic disorder. Also called Heller's syndrome, dementia infantalis, or disintegrative psychosis. SYN: childhood disintegrative disorder.


To disarticulate or to separate bones from their natural positions in a joint.


(dĭs-jŭnk′shŭn) Separation of the homologous pairs of chromosomes during anaphase of the first meiotic division.

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