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Definition of: DECOMPOSITION

decomposition
(n.) 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.
(n.) The state of being reduced into original elements.
(n.) Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.