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decomposition

Syllabification: de·com·po·si·tion
Pronunciation: /dēˌkämpəˈziSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of decomposition in English:

noun

The state or process of rotting; decay: the decomposition of organic waste
More example sentences
  • A veterinary surgeon who visited the farm later reported a smell which indicated the advanced decomposition of animal remains.
  • Police reported that the bodies were in such a state of decomposition that they were unable to tell if there were any marks of violence.
  • Layers of leaves or other organic matter are sometimes added to speed decomposition.
Synonyms
disintegration, dissolution;
breaking down, decay;

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