Medical Dictionary

decompose

verb de·com·pose \ˌdē-kəm-ˈpōz\
de·com·posedde·com·pos·ing

Definition of DECOMPOSE

transitive verb
:  to separate into constituent parts or elements or into simpler compounds <decompose water by electrolysis>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo chemical breakdown :  decay, rot <fruit decomposes>
de·com·pos·abil·i·ty \-ˌpō-zə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural de·com·pos·abil·i·ties
de·com·pos·able \-ˈpō-zə-bəl\ adjective
April 01, 2015
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