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decomposition

[dē‚käm·pə′zish·ən]
(chemistry)
The more or less permanent structural breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms.
(geochemistry)
(mathematics)
The expression of a fraction as a sum of partial fractions.
The representation of a set as the union of pairwise disjoint subsets.
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He says a close relative of the delta bulrush, the common three-square (Schoenoplectus pungens), can transmit oxygen to underwater microorganisms capable of decomposing oil.
POLICE were today investigating after a badly decomposing body was found floating in a Midland river.
A driver lost control and ended in a ditch after driving through liquid that had leaked from a large pile of decomposing carrots.
Sharjah Police yesterday recovered the decomposing body of a 56-year-old Indian man found dead in his Toyota Corolla.
From 12-year-old Haruka, who invented an environmentally friendly paper dog-poop scooper that allowed the waste to decompose (unlike plastic bags, which sealed the waste and prevented it from decomposing in landfills), to 11-year-old Tilly, who spotted the warning signs of a tsunami in Thailand and helped save 100 people, to Izidor, a maltreated Romanian orphan adopted by an American couple who devoted his young adult and adult life to bringing international attention to the plight of fellow orphans and improving their living conditions.
Snails and slugs would rather eat decomposing vegetation as opposed to living vegetation.
Then, when you go to spray this onto your compost pile and/or garden all this multitude of beneficial life can go right to work, quickly decomposing organic material, fixing nitrogen and available plant nutrients, stimulating and improving soft structure, preventing leaching and much more.
The Japanese firm's solution is to fill wallpaper with titanium oxide, which acts as light catalyst, decomposing formaldehyde, ammonia, and reducing bacteria such as E.
In this model, applications employ a 'divide-and-conquer' approach, decomposing the problem to be solved into thousands of independently executed tasks.
Measuring productivity and decomposing profits in fisheries
AMERTHYRwomanwhohad not been seen for two months was found decomposing alone in her flat, an inquest heard.
According to Schuyler, the common three-square (Schoenoplectus pungens), can transmit oxygen to underwater microorganisms capable of decomposing oil.