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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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However, the former method is unable to sufficiently decompose cyanogen compounds and the latter method is costly.
In addition it also meets the requirements of EN 13432 certification, which specifies that the material must decompose to a level of 90% within 180 days under industrial composting conditions.
Trash in a municipal landfill could decompose nearly 10 to 20 times faster than it normally does through a system that keeps the trash continually wet.
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According to Saido, a chemist with the College of Pharmacy, Nihon University, Chiba, Japan, his team found that when plastic decomposes, it releases potentially toxic bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer into the water, causing additional pollution.
Leaves on the forest floor slowly decompose into a rich layer of humus (the organic portion of soil formed from decomposing plant or animal matter), returning important elements--carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous--back into the soil in just the right proportions.
Due to its high starch content, Eco-Foam loose fill readily decomposes when saturated with water.
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A cascade of subsequent reactions, intiated by the free radicals, decomposes the compound into nothing but carbon dioxide and water, Heller says.