from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Death of a living organism or tissue caused or accompanied by lysis.
- n. The decomposition of organic material by living organisms, such as microorganisms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The decomposition of tissue and the subsequent death of the organism
- n. the decomposition of organic material by living organisms, especially by microorganisms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The destruction of life.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dissolution of a living being; death, as the resolution of an organism into its constituent parts, and consequently the destruction of the phenomena of life.
- n. The chemical decomposition, or breaking up into simpler compounds, of organic matter, brought about by living bacterial or other minute organisms, as in the case of sewage.
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