uncouple

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uncouple

[¦ən′kəp·əl]
(engineering)
To unscrew or disengage.
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In humans, the extent of uncoupling is partially regulated by the genetic polymorphism Ala55Va1, in which the VV genotype uncouples at a lower rate than the AA genotype (1).
Cooked fruits and vegetables lose much of their original firmness as heating uncouples the links in polymeric pectin, explains Bourne.