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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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The tone abruptly changes--a tactic used at several key points in the film--and cameras enter the inside of the decrepit Bedford Theatre, once a famed venue from the halcyon days of music hall performance, now reduced to putrefying ruin with a hole in the roof.
Cyclone Nargis hit Burma on May 2 and, according to the Disaster Emergency Committee, the country is now on the brink of a humanitarian crisis with thousands of people relying on water that has been contaminated by corpses, putrefying dead animals and human waste.
Topics covered include death from environmental conditions (lighting and elder abuse), homicide, death from natural causes (asthma, Marfan syndrome, and peliosis of the liver and spleen), infectious diseases, crime scene investigation and behavioral analysis, neogenesis of ethanol and fusel oils in putrefying blood, agrichemical poisoning, apoptosis, imagining techniques, veterinary forensic pathology, and fixation techniques for organs and parenchymal structures.
One person had climbed on a dead hippo for a picture and sank into the putrefying carcass.
While we know the black plague killed millions in European cities in the middle-ages due to non-existent waste disposal, Melosi points out that it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that "experiments in England and the United States demonstrated that there was some relationship between communicable diseases and putrefying waste" (p.
If the body itself can be said to serve as hermeneutic matrix for the subject's construction of borders (outer and inner, visible and invisible, determinant and indeterminate), then the putrefying corpse constitutes a direct and apprehensible challenge to such constructions.
Some residents had grown so desperate to get rid of putrefying corpses they were burying them in their gardens.
With extensive retention of urine, a putrefying phase may develop in which germs and microbes begin to multiply in the urinary tract, leading to problems.
Whether it is a discarded lager can, a burnt-out car or a washing machine it has no place among the meadowsweet or violets that, courageously, stand out from these decaying, rusting, rotting, putrefying mounds of human waste.
The Environment Agency investigation into Eurocare found breaches including a "gunk tank" in Wrexham containing 4,000 litres of "putrefying" clinical waste, including blood and urine - described as similar to abattoir waste.
Not long afterward her body, covered with cigarette bums, is found putrefying in a Renault in a Paris alley, along with a suicide note.
"Preposterous," said Zeckendorf counter-offering five dollars which, he pointed out, was well over the going market price for that putrefying strip of land.