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v. de·com·posed, de·com·pos·ing, de·com·pos·es
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. See Synonyms at decay.

de′com·pos′a·bil′i·ty n.
de′com·pos′a·ble adj.
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Adj.1.decomposable - capable of being partitioned
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
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N-rich material such as lucerne is expected to have an initially fast N mineralisation controlled by the breakdown of easily decomposable components, followed by a much slower decay of stabilised residues and decomposition products.
Considering the constantly growing level of environmental awareness in the world, the possibility of creating decomposable nonwovens is gaining more importance.
To show the true face of poverty this study uses Foster, Greer and Thorbecke (1984) class of additively decomposable measure to estimate the variation in the incidence, intensity and severity of poverty across sectors of employment.
Also, construction of Vermicompost plant and Mechanical compost plant for recycling decomposable wastes are on the card.
The Kenya Forest Service and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute have developed alternative decomposable materials.
Why don't the bottle water manufacturers just design decomposable cartons?
It's been the same stick test since 1987, and that's kind of crazy," she added while explaining her thought of redesigning the pregnancy test kit to make it decomposable.
He said that the organic matter that is recycled include food scraps and peels; cake, biscuit and bread; coffee ground and teabags; meat scraps, fats and bones; seafood scraps and oyster shells; egg and egg shells; cheese and yoghurt; citrus; hair; flowers, herbs and plants; paper towel; shredded paper and tissue; and certified decomposable plastic.
These 100% PLA spunbond fabrics are decomposable and environmental friendly.
Although decomposable packaging is proposed as a solution to litter problems, from a technical and behavioural standpoint, it cannot be regarded a general solution.
This can be seen as a result of its decomposable material which make paper cups eco-friendly and biodegradable.
As cakes are decomposable items, most of these providers have an fast delivery service.