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  • n  the analysis of a vector field
  • n  in a decomposed state
  • n  (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
  • n  (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
  • n  the organic phenomenon of rotting

  • Each successive stage of decomposition, Payne found, was characterized by the arrival and departure of particular groups of insects.
  • Forensic entomologists observe insects beetles, flies, worms and even butterflies that feed on flesh and body fluids at specific times in the decomposition process .
  • The 21 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 26 to 72, were in varying stages of decomposition; the smell permeating the house was so putrid that two sickened officers went to .
News & Articles

  • Body found in Phoenix canal
    PHOENIX -- A body was found in a canal Sunday afternoon near 43rd Avenue and Peoria. Police said the body was discovered when a person waiting at a nearby bus stop spotted a shoe sticking out of the canal gate. The person realized that the shoe was attached to a leg, and called 9-1-1. According to police, there is some decomposition, which means the body had been in the water for a while ...
    June 17, 2013 - KTVK 3TV Phoenix
  • Turning Banville's books into movies
    Sir, - It is always a delight to read anything by John Banville, but I am devastated to think that while he considers a film set does have 'something of the airless intensity of the shrine of a sibyl', he feels his novels when finished 'give off not the breath of life but the whiff of decomposition' (Arts & Books, June 8th).
    June 11, 2013 -

  • Hugo Chávez in
    But 32 years on, my friend Gil Levin, who was principal investigator on this project maintains that life on Mars was indeed detected in 1976! The experiments of 1976 to detect the dead bodies and decomposition products of bacteria were simply not... Chandra Wickramasinghe (blog) Aug 9, 2008 25538 34386 decomposition We are in the midst of something macabre," Chávez said on his weekly TV show on Sunday. "They are human bodies. Human bodies! This is a really clear sign of the huge moral decomposition that is hitting our planet."
  • William Bennett in Evening Bulletin
    Mr. Bennett concluded that "the forces of social decomposition [in America] are challenging - and in some cases overtaking - the forces of social composition."

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