decompound[dē′kəm po̵und′; also, and for n., usually, dē käm′po̵und′]
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- Obsolete to compound (things already compounded)
- to break up (a compound) into its parts; decompose
- compounded of substances already compounded
- Bot. made up of parts that are themselves compound, as bipinnate leaves
a compound containing some other compound or compounds
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- Compounded or consisting of things or parts that are already compound.
- Botany Having or consisting of divisions that are themselves once or several times compound; bipinnate: a decompound leaf.
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transitive verb de·com·pound·ed, de·com·pound·ing, de·com·pounds