Definition of decomposer in English:


Syllabification: de·com·pos·er
Pronunciation: /ˌdēkəmˈpōzər


  • 1An organism, especially a soil bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate, that decomposes organic material.
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    • These organisms form the important class of decomposers within the food web, without which cellulose would continue to accumulate in the environment.
    • Once an organism has died, be it plant or animal, the phosphorus is returned directly to the soil by the action of decomposers such as bacteria and fungi.
    • Finally, decomposers are organisms such as bacteria and fungi that feed on the remains of dead plants and animals.
  • 1.1A device or installation that is used to break down a chemical substance.

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