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Verb: decompose  ,dee-kum'powz
  1. (chemistry) separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    - break up, break down
     
  2. (physics) lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
    "the particles decomposed during the nuclear fission process";
    - disintegrate, decay
     
  3. Break down
    "The bodies decomposed in the heat";
    - rot, molder [N. Amer], moulder [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: decomposes, decomposed, decomposing

Type of: change integrity, decay, separate

Encyclopedia: Decompose