decomposition

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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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Combining both science and literature enriches an understanding of the actual ecological process of organic decay.
This gas is produced by organic decay, which has eaten away about 4 tons of wood, or 10 percent of the boat's weight.