What is decomposition?

  • (noun): The organic phenomenon of rotting.
    Synonyms: decay
    See also — Additional definitions below


Decomposition (or rotting) is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter. The process is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biome. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. The science which studies decomposition is generally referred to as taphonomy from the Greek word Τάφος taphos, meaning tomb.

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Some articles on decomposition:

CP Decomposition
... In multilinear algebra, the canonical polyadic decomposition (CPD), historically known as PARAFAC and later CANDECOMP, is a generalization of the matrix singular value decomposition (SVD) to tensors, with many ...
Factors Affecting Decomposition - Environmental Preservation
... peat bog may become naturally "embalmed", arresting decomposition and resulting in a preserved specimen known as a bog body ... used to control the foul odors due to decomposition ...

More definitions of "decomposition":

  • (noun): (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance.
    Synonyms: decomposition reaction