|1.||to break down (organic matter) or (of organic matter) to be broken down physically and chemically by bacterial or fungal action; rot|
|2.||chem to break down or cause to break down into simpler chemical compounds|
|3.||to break up or separate into constituent parts|
|4.||(tr) maths to express in terms of a number of independent simpler components, as a set as a canonical union of disjoint subsets, or a vector into orthogonal components|
decomposition de·com·po·si·tion (dē-kŏm'pə-zĭsh'ən)
The act or result of decomposing; disintegration.
Separation into constituents by chemical reaction.
The breakdown or decay of organic materials; lysis.
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