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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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Detection of organophosphate poisoning in a putrefying body by analyzing arthropod larvae.
A couple of examples of Warhol's Brillo Boxes feature in Low Life Slow Life, as does Paul Thek's Meat Piece with Warhol Brillo Box (1965), in which the box is tipped on its side to reveal a thick slab of something resembling putrefying flesh.
We have to wait until it's a huge, putrefying, stinking, bin-lid bursting heap.
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.
Starting out as an entirely authentic period piece--complete with a hilarious vodka-sodden debate about the existence of God between an atheist professor of Marxist-Leninism and a deeply religious village muzhik (redneck)--the film rapidly delves down into the darkness of communist Russia, with murder, rape, torture and a roomful of putrefying corpses awaiting viewers who manage to remain in their seats.
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.