- Obs. 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
transitive verbde·com·pound·ed, de·com·pound·ing, de·com·pounds
- Compounded or consisting of things or parts that are already compound.
- Botany Having or consisting of divisions that are themselves one or more times compound: a decompound leaf.
- A decomposite.
- Compound of what is already compounded; compounded a second time.
- (botany) Several times compounded or divided, as a leaf or stem; decomposite.
(third-person singular simple present decompounds, present participle decompounding, simple past and past participle decompounded)
- To compound or mix with that which is already compound; to compound a second time.
- To reduce to constituent parts; to decompose.
de- + compound