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Dissociative \Dis*so"ci*a*tive\, a. Tending or leading to dissociation.


a. 1 removing or separating from some association 2 causing dissociation 3 (context psychology English) related to or caused by dissociation or dissociative disorders n. a dissociative drug


adj. tending to produce dissociation


Dissociatives are a class of hallucinogen, which distort perceptions of sight and sound and produce feelings of detachment – dissociation – from the environment and self. This is done through reducing or blocking signals to the conscious mind from other parts of the brain. Although many kinds of drugs are capable of such action, dissociatives are unique in that they do so in such a way that they produce hallucinogenic effects, which may include sensory deprivation, dissociation, hallucinations, and dream-like states or trances. Some, which are nonselective in action and affect the dopamine and/or opioid systems, may be capable of inducing euphoria. Many dissociatives have general depressant effects and can produce sedation, respiratory depression, analgesia, anesthesia, and ataxia, as well as cognitive and memory impairment and amnesia.

Usage examples of "dissociative".

Or argue you acted in a dissociative state, brought on by the trauma of your mother's murder.

You think what they say happened last night is a dissociative fantasy, but it’s real, Claudette.

Should they use a dissociative anesthetic, a tranquilizer, a non-narcotic sedative, or a narcotic drug?

The vets were going for the frontal or dissociative cortex of the brain.

Some of these dissociative disorders, they’re outwardly violent, or self-damaging, at least every once in a while.

For about three months after I first met the caseworker, I was a dissociative identity disorder because I wouldn't tell the caseworker about my childhood.