Dissociation - Chemistry Cartoon
Dissociation - Chemistry Cartoon
Dissociation of ionic compounds – the molecules are broken apart

Dissociation is the breaking down of a compound into elements and the process is usually reversible.

  • The word dissociate and disassociate have similar meaning – to remove from being connected.
  • When a compound dissociates, the molecular bonds are broken.


  • All ionic compound dissociate when they dissolve in water.
  • Ionic compounds are those molecules that consist of atoms called ions with opposite charges.
  • An example is Sodium Choride (table salt)

    NaCl —> Na(+) + Cl(-) in solutions

For more reading, please refer to sodium chloride dissociation in the process of solvation.

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