Definition of Decomposition

1. Noun. The analysis of a vector field.

Exact synonyms: Vector Decomposition
Generic synonyms: Vector Algebra



2. Noun. In a decomposed state.
Exact synonyms: Disintegration
Specialized synonyms: Fragmentation
Generic synonyms: Decay
Derivative terms: Disintegrate

3. Noun. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance.
Exact synonyms: Chemical Decomposition Reaction, Decomposition Reaction
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Chemical Reaction, Reaction
Specialized synonyms: Electrolysis
Derivative terms: Decompose

4. Noun. (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action.
Exact synonyms: Putrefaction, Rot, Rotting
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Decay
Derivative terms: Decompose, Putrefy, Rot, Rot

5. Noun. The organic phenomenon of rotting.
Exact synonyms: Decay
Generic synonyms: Organic Phenomenon
Derivative terms: Decay, Decay, Decompose, Decompositional

Definition of Decomposition

1. n. 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.

Definition of Decomposition

1. Noun. A biological process through which organic material is reduced to e.g. compost ¹

2. Noun. The act of taking something apart, e.g. for analysis ¹

3. Noun. The splitting (of e.g. a matrix, an atom(,) or a compound) into constituent parts ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Decomposition

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Medical Definition of Decomposition

1. 1. 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. 2. The state of being reduced into original elements. 3. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds. Decomposition of forces. Same as Resolution of forces, under Resolution. Decomposition of light, the division of light into the prismatic colours. Origin: Pref. De- (in sense 3 intensive) + composition: cf. F. Decomposition. Cf. Decomposition. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Decomposition

decomplexified
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decomplexity
decomposability
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decomposer
decomposers
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decomposites
decomposition (current term)
decomposition of movement
decomposition potential
decomposition reaction
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decompound leaf
decompoundable
decompounds
decompress
decompressed
decompresses
decompressing
decompression

Literary usage of Decomposition

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1915)
"As the decomposition value, which had to be located approximately ... The point at which the curve shows a decided break is the decomposition value. ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1883)
"On the decomposition by Heat of Chlorate of Potassium. ... The cause and circumstances which favour this decomposition have been the subject of much study, ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"We may regard spontaneous movement as being due to the spontaneous decomposition of the decomposable substance whereby the protoplasm un- . ..."

4. Preventive medicine and hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau (1917)
"At the moment of death recomposition ceases, while decomposition continues. ... In other words, while decomposition is usually the result of bacterial ..."

5. The Collected Works of Sir Humphry Davy by Humphry Davy, John Davy (1840)
"On the Methods used for the decomposition of fhr fixed Alkalies. The researches I had made on the decomposition of acids, and of alkaline and earthy neutral ..."

6. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"When chloroform is preserved with alcohol the decomposition of the chloroform is entirely prevented until all the alcohol is oxidised, when decomposition of ..."

7. The Principles of Chemistry by Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev, Thomas Atkinson Lawson (1897)
"In chemical works the decomposition of sodium chloride by means of sulphuric acid is carried on on a very large scale, chiefly with a view to the ..."

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