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Decomposition meaning

decomposition - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. ( chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
  2. 2. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a compound body or substance into its elementary parts; separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as, the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc.
  3. 3. The state of being reduced into original elements.
  4. 4. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
  5. 5. To undergo a process common to organic substances by which they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to decay.
  6. 6. The act of separating into elementary parts; analysis; disintegration; state of decay.
  7. 7. Resolution into elements; decay.

decomposition - examples of usage

  1. The bodies of cattle which have died of anthrax soon lose their rigidity and become bloated, because decomposition sets in very rapidly. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. While a most important element in nutrition, it may be present in the stomach in such quantity as to interfere with the action of the gastric juice on the casein, and with the interruption of the natural stomach digestion the fats themselves undergo decomposition with the production of offensive and irritating fatty acids. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. I found the red rock to be the common one of the country, in a state of decomposition. - "Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales", Thomas Mitchell.
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