decomposer

noun de·com·pos·er \ ˌdē-kəm-ˈpō-zər \

Definition of decomposer

: any of various organisms (such as many bacteria and fungi) that return constituents of organic substances to ecological cycles by feeding on and breaking down dead protoplasm — compare consumer, producer 4

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First Known Use of decomposer

1959


DECOMPOSER Defined for Kids

decomposer

noun de·com·pos·er \ ˌdē-kəm-ˈpō-zər \

Definition of decomposer for Students

: a living thing (as a bacterium, fungus, or insect) that feeds on and breaks down plant and animal matter into simpler parts or substances

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decomposer

noun de·com·pos·er \ ˌdē-kəm-ˈpō-zər \

medical Definition of decomposer

: any of various organisms (as many bacteria and fungi) that return constituents of organic substances to ecological cycles by feeding on and breaking down dead protoplasm

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