decomposition

noun

de·​com·​po·​si·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌkäm-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce decomposition (audio)
: the act or process of decomposing : the state of being decomposed:
a
: the separation or resolution (as of a substance) into constituent parts or elements or into simpler compounds
decomposition of mercuric oxide into mercury and oxygen
b
: organic decay
the decomposition of a dead body

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“Decomposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/decomposition. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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