Origin of decomposition
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Examples from the Web for decomposition
Part of the decomposition process causes bodies to bloat and blood to sometimes seep from the mouth.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
Where bodies are planted to study the forensics of decomposition.Ann Patchett: How I Write
October 30, 2013
And what effect, if any, does the fact that her body was found floating in water have on the rate of decomposition?
The other two stages of decomposition, “advanced decay” and “remains,” can be read about here.
Yet many zombies exist in an advanced state of decomposition, and lack the strength to rend and devour for themselves.How Can Canada Deal with the Zombie Threat?
February 16, 2013
There is some sericite present, also magnetite, resulting from the decomposition of the biotite.
It is also somewhat stained by the decomposition of the magnetite.
A mixture of common salt assists the decomposition of the pyrites.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
Bears him a daughter, dies in 1863 from decomposition of the blood.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
This change or decomposition continues so long as the charging current is on.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Word Origin and History for decomposition
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or result of decomposing; disintegration.
- Separation into constituents by chemical reaction.
- The breakdown or decay of organic materials; lysis.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- The separation of a substance into simpler substances or basic elements. Decomposition can be brought about by exposure to heat, light, or chemical or biological activity.
- The process of breaking down organic material, such as dead plant or animal tissue, into smaller molecules that are available for use by the organisms of an ecosystem. Decomposition is carried on by bacteria, fungi, protists, worms, and certain other organisms. See more at detritivore.
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