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dissimilation (n.)

1797, "act or process of rendering different," noun of action from dissimilate. In philology, "the change or substitution of a sound to or for another and a different sound when otherwise two similar sounds would come together or very close to each other," by 1839, from German (August Friedrich Pott, by 1832).

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Definitions of dissimilation

dissimilation (n.)
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
dissimilation (n.)
breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy;
Synonyms: catabolism / katabolism / destructive metabolism
From wordnet.princeton.edu