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1. To resolve a compound into its component parts; to disintegrate.
2. To decay; to putrefy.
[L. de, from, down, + com-pono, pp. -positus, to put together]


v. decom·posed, decom·posing, decom·poses
1. To separate into components or basic elements.
2. To cause to rot.
1. To become broken down into components; disintegrate.
2. To decay; rot or putrefy.

de′com·pos′a·bil′i·ty n.
de′com·pos′a·ble adj.
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Developing a system where AdBlue could be mixed in with diesel fuel at the refinery was considered, but testing showed the solution began to decompose during the combustion process, degrading its capability to form ammonia for aftertreatment purposes.
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Animals don't die and decompose in 5 minutes," said Bob Phelps of the Gene Ethics Network.
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