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decay

 [de-ka´]
1. the gradual decomposition of dead organic matter.
2. the process or stage of decline, as in old age.
tooth decay dental caries.

de·cay

(dĕ-kā'),
1. Destruction of an organic substance by slow combustion or gradual oxidation.
See also: memory.
2.
See also: memory. Synonym(s): putrefaction
3. To deteriorate; to undergo slow combustion or putrefaction.
See also: memory.
4. In dentistry, caries.
See also: memory.
5. psychology loss of information registered by the senses and processed into short-term memory.
See also: memory.
6. Loss of radioactivity with time; spontaneous emission of radiation or charged particles or both from an unstable nucleus.
[L. de, down, + cado, to fall]

decay

/de·cay/ (de-ka´)
1. the decomposition of dead matter.
2. the process of decline, as in aging.

beta decay  disintegration of the nucleus of an unstable radionuclide in which the mass number is unchanged, but atomic number is changed by 1, as a result of emission of a negatively or positively charged (beta) particle.
tooth decay  dental caries.

decay

(dĭ-kā′)
v. de·cayed, de·caying, de·cays
v.intr.
1. Biology To break down into component parts; rot.
2. Physics To disintegrate in a process of radioactive decay or particle decay.
3. Electronics To decrease gradually in magnitude. Used of voltage or current.
4. To decline in health or vigor; waste away.
n.
1.
a. The destruction or decomposition of organic matter as a result of bacterial or fungal action; rot.
b. Rotted matter.
2. Physics
a. See radioactive decay.
b. See particle decay.

de·cay′er n.

decay

[dikā′]
1 a gradual deterioration that accompanies the end of life.
2 a gradual deterioration, usually caused by bacteria and other decomposers, of the body of an organism after death.
3 the process of disintegration of a radioactive substance.

decay

Dentistry Caries, see there Medtalk Putrefaction, see there.

de·cay

(dĕ-kā')
1. Destruction of an organic substance by slow combustion or gradual oxidation.
2. Synonym(s): putrefaction.
3. To deteriorate; to undergo slow combustion or putrefaction.
4. dentistry Caries.
5. psychology Loss of information registered by the senses and processed into short-term memory.
See also: memory
6. Loss of radioactivity over time; spontaneous emission of radiation or charged particles or both from an unstable nucleus.
7. Synonym(s): disintegration.
[L. de, down, + cado, to fall]

decay

see BIODEGRADATION.

decay

the decomposition of dead tissue, mainly by the action of fungi and bacteria.

de·cay

(dĕ-kā')
1. In dentistry, caries.
2. Destruction of an organic substance by slow combustion or gradual oxidation.
3. Synonym(s): putrefaction.
4. To deteriorate; to undergo slow combustion or putrefaction.
[L. de, down, + cado, to fall]

decay,

v to decompose.
decay, dental,
n See caries.
decay product,
n See daughter.
decay, radioactive,
n the disintegration of the nucleus of an unstable nuclide by the spontaneous emission of charged particles and/or photons.
decay, senile,

decay

1. the gradual decomposition of dead organic matter.
2. the process or stage of decline, as in old age.
3. in radioactivity terminology the disintegration of the nucleus of an inactive nuclide by the spontaneous emission of alpha or beta particles. Called also radioactive disintegration. Substances produced by the disintegrations are called daughter (3) compounds.

decay-accelerating factor
a membrane-associated protein found on many cells, including peripheral blood cells, that inhibits the activity of complement.

Patient discussion about decay

Q. what would be the best way to protect my teeth from decaying?i fill pain always in my private parties,what prb whenever i take long with out sex,so i would like the advice from my fewwol

A. i fail to see the connection between teeth and groin pain...about the teeth. it's very very simple- get used to a healthy oral hygiene. brush your teeth in the right way twice a day for at least 6 minute. use floss. go to a dental hygienist, she'll guide you through it.

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A. It is possible for children to suffer with bipolar disorder. It is a tricky diagnosis in children I would strongly suggest professional help when dealing with children with bipolar disorder.
I wouldnt trust the diagnosis of a GP, I would suggest getting a referal to a pediatric psychiatrist for a through evaluation and proper treatment

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In poles and other large timbers, however, portions of the wood may remain at or above the fiber-saturation point for many months after felling, providing an opportunity for colonization by an array of decay fungi [10].
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Neutrons pass through the spectrometer, whereas decay electrons are guided by the magnetic field to either one of two scintillation detectors with photomultiplier readout.
Such a magnetic system acts as a magnetic collimator for decay electrons.
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Because the number of decays is certain to be tiny, any neutrinoless double-beta signal would have to be extremely faint.
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