Decomposition definition

dē-kŏmpə-zĭshən
The process of breaking down organic material, such as dead plant or animal tissue, into smaller molecules that are available for use by the organisms of an ecosystem. Decomposition is carried on by bacteria, fungi, protists, worms, and certain other organisms.
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The act or result of decomposing; disintegration.
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The act or result of decomposing; disintegration.
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The separation of a substance into simpler substances or basic elements. Decomposition can be brought about by exposure to heat, light, or chemical or biological activity.
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(chemistry) Separation into constituents by chemical reaction.
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(biology) Breakdown or decay of organic materials.
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(chemistry) Separation into constituents by chemical reaction.
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(biology) Breakdown or decay of organic materials.
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A biological process through which organic material is reduced to e.g. compost.
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The act of taking something apart, e.g. for analysis.
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The splitting (of e.g. a matrix, an atom, or a compound) into constituent parts.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
decomposition
Plural:
decompositions