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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In September 2012, we tested how the exclusion of insects from two size classes of rodents affected rates of the initial, bloat, putrification, and dry phases of decomposition.
"When we opened the tomb, I poked my head in and there was still, to my astonishment, a smell of putrification and a chill that went to my bones," Houston said.
He said: "Putrification gases from inside the body would push up the diaphragm and blood can come out through the mouth and the nose."