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Pronunciation: dis-per'zhun


  1. The act of dispersing or of being dispersed.
  2. Incorporation of the particles of one substance into the mass of another, including solutions, suspensions, and colloidal dispersions (solutions).
  3. Specifically, what is usually called a colloidal solution.
  4. The extent or degree in which values of a statistical frequency distribution are scattered about a mean or median value.

Synonym(s): dispersal

[L. dispersio]

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