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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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Long-standing beliefs in the power of the corpse to generate life from its putrefying liquids, to kill by contagion, to bleed, to walk, even to attack the living, remained manifest in resistance to reformist funerary and burial rituals, in local reports of appearances of the un-dead, and in fictional representations of corpses and ghosts, including those on the public stage.
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.
While not addressing the Weight Watcher's recipe for "Fluffy Mackerel Pudding," Korsmeyer asks us to consider the penchant of some Westerners for haut gout--the "high" taste of rotting animal flesh; our craving for putrefying cheese; for fowl that is butchered, plucked, roasted, stuffed with its own organs, and presented in the form of the original bird, sometimes with claws intact; fish served with its head still attached; suckling pigs; and boars' heads.
The food industry is growing increasingly concerned at the implications of new EU rules which it fears could create mountains of putrefying waste.
Flies sizzled as the putrefying guts Disgorged a noxious flood of fresh Troops--a viscous, thick river of maggots To plunder the last flesh.
Rats were found eating the putrefying remains of two cows which were only partly covered by polythene and old straw at Bob Goddard's Court Lodge Farm, in Great Chart, Kent.
This place has saved me,'' said 24-year-old Sashi Sardar as he changed the bandages around the putrefying leprosy ulcers of a middle-aged woman's right foot.
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.
Visitors to it were faced with a disembowelled cow carcase putrefying in a glass case under hot lights.
Phone hacking will continue but the practitioners of such black arts will just learn to be smarter and leave no trail that could lead to their criminal conviction or drop the publishing paper in the putrefying matter.