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decomposer

[dee-kuh m-poh-zer] /ˌdi kəmˈpoʊ zər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that decomposes.
2.
Ecology. an organism, usually a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down the cells of dead plants and animals into simpler substances.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; decompose + -er1
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Examples from the web for decomposer
  • Nutritional requirements of microbial decomposers are met by the contents of the debris and the soil.
  • They propose that a reduction in litter quality will result in nutrient limitations of decomposers.
  • Consequently nutrients may be immobilised in decomposer biomass.
  • Design concept of a windowed cadmium oxide decomposer integrated with molten cadmium quenching of decomposed cadmium vapor.
  • Kids will show with their hands what they are-producer, consumer, or decomposer.
  • Note: usually a function of available water for decomposer organisms and micro-organisms, as well as a function of temperature.
  • Other decomposer bacteria metabolize inorganic solids making the minerals available to plants.
  • These products can destroy resident populations of decomposer and other helpful microorganisms in the treatment system.
  • Through the decomposer, liquid sulfuric acid is introduced into the acid vaporizer to generate gaseous sulfur trioxide and water.
British Dictionary definitions for decomposer

decomposer

/ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊzə/
noun
1.
(ecology) any organism in a community, such as a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down dead tissue enabling the constituents to be recycled to the environment See also consumer (sense 3), producer (sense 8)
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Word Origin and History for decomposer
n.

1833, "a decomposing agent," agent noun from decompose.

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decomposer in Science
decomposer
  (dē'kəm-pō'zər)   
See detritivore.
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