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decompose

verb [I or T] uk   /ˌdiː.kəmˈpəʊz/ us    /-ˈpoʊz/
to decay, or to cause something to decay: The body must have been decomposing for several weeks. specialized chemistry to break, or to break something, into smaller parts: Microbes decompose organic waste into a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.
decomposition
noun [U] uk   /ˌdiː.kɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us    /-kɑːm-/
The corpse was in an advanced stage of decomposition.
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