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Definition of decomposition:

  1. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
  2. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a compound body or substance into its elementary parts; separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as, the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc.
  3. The state of being reduced into original elements.
  4. To undergo a process common to organic substances by which they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to decay.

Synonyms:

festering, vector decomposition, decomposition reaction, annihilation, depravation, putrefaction, corruption, radioactive decay, depravity, disintegration, better, hogwash, deterioration, breakdown, bunk, rot, guff, rotting, buncombe, rottenness, putridness, breakdown, thrive, decay, decline, bunkum, degeneracy, putrescence.

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