- b (1) : decay, disintegration (2) : death
- c : termination or destruction by breaking down, disrupting, or dispersing <the dissolution of the republic>
- d : the dissolving of an assembly or organization
- e : liquefaction
Dissolution is also the term for the legal process by which an adoption is reversed. While this applies to the vast majority of adoptions which are terminated, they are more commonly referred to as disruptions, even though that term technically applies only to those that are not legally complete at the time of termination.
In international law, dissolution is when a state has broken up into several entities, and no longer has power over those entities, as it used to have previously. An example of this is the case of the former USSR dissolving into different republics.
- In chemistry, dissolution is the process by which a solid or liquid forms a solution in a solvent. In solids this can be explained as the breakdown of the crystal lattice into individual ions, atoms or molecules and their transport into the solvent. Dissolution testing is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for optimization of formulation and quality control.