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Noun: decomposition  ,dee,kóm-pu'zi-shun
  1. (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
    - rot, rotting, putrefaction, biodegradation
     
  2. The organic phenomenon of rotting
    - decay
     
  3. The analysis of a vector field
    - vector decomposition
     
  4. In a decomposed state
    - disintegration
     
  5. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
    - decomposition reaction, chemical decomposition reaction

Derived forms: decompositions

Type of: chemical reaction, decay, organic phenomenon, reaction, vector algebra

Encyclopedia: Decomposition