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decompose

Pronunciation: /ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊz/

Translation of decompose in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (rot) [corpse/waste] descomponerse*, pudrirse* a strong smell of decomposing fish un fuerte olor a pescado en descomposición
    Example sentences
    • The body begins to decompose soon after it is buried.
    • It takes several weeks or longer, depending upon the size, for the body to completely decompose.
    • ‘When a body decomposes in water, it becomes completely disfigured,’ he continues.
    1.2 [Chemistry/Química] [compound] descomponerse*
    Example sentences
    • When heated, it decomposes into calcium oxide and carbon dioxide gas.
    • Davy had developed a technique by which unusually stable compounds could be decomposed into their constituent elements.
    • All dioxins are very stable and unlike most other chemicals do not quickly decompose or break down in the environment.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • [Biology/Biología] [Chemistry/Química] [Physics/Física] descomponer*

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