decomposition

noun
de·com·po·si·tion | \(ˌ)dē-ˌkäm-pə-ˈzish-ən \

Medical Definition of decomposition 

: 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

Learn More about decomposition

Share decomposition

Comments on decomposition

What made you want to look up decomposition? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

evasion of direct action or statement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!