decompose decompose  /ˌdi kəm ˈpoʊz/


  1. (v) separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
  2. (v) lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
  3. (v) break down


  1. Criminologists and forensic anthropologists use these research facilities to study how bodies decompose and at what rate in various natural environments.
  2. Food scraps are a recent focus for recyclers in part because, unlike glass and plastic, organic waste will decompose once it's put in the ground.
  3. Many of the bodies had turned black and begun to decompose, and rats gnawed at the exposed flesh.


  1. Mulch helps keep plant roots healthy

    Joseph J. Reuben III, owner of Reuben Hardware at 2323 S. Main Road in Vineland, carries bags of mulch. / .Staff photo/Charles J. Olson SH13F103YARDSMART June 17, 2013 -- Leaves can be used as mulch, but they won't hold their loft and may begin to decompose before summer's end.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Daily Journal

  2. Plastic Carrier Bags: Enzymes Make Them the Sustainable Alternative to Biodegradable Plastics

    LONDON, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Additive ensures that PE packaging decomposes - advantages over plastic bags based on corn starch An ecologically correct shopping bag from the cornfield - sounds ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "In ecology there's a bias toward understanding how things grow," Harmon said. "But my studies are mostly on how things die and decompose, and that's what's happening here. When trees across the West appear to be dying at twice the rate they...
    on Jan 22, 2009 By: Mark Harmon Source: Science Daily (press release)

  2. "Hydropower has always been considered the cleanest form of power generation. But as dams prevent organic matters from flowing down stream, organic matters trapped at the bottom of reservoirs are deprived of the oxygen they need to decompose, thus...
    on Dec 8, 2006 By: Sun Yat-sen Source: Independent Online

  3. "Here we're talking about soft tissues and sufficient maintenance of some degree of anatomical integrity to see what is here," Wecht said. "Tissues decompose and shrink. It's far different than looking for bullets and skull fractures."
    on Jun 10, 2008 By: Cyril Wecht Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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