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Stages of death

Pallor mortis
Algor mortis
Rigor mortis
Livor mortis
Putrefaction
Decomposition
Skeletonization

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Decomposition is the process by which organic substances are broken down into a much simpler form of matter. The process is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biome. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. The science which studies decomposition is generally referred to as taphonomy from the Greek word τάφος taphos, meaning tomb.

One can differentiate abiotic from biotic decomposition (biodegradation). The former means "degradation of a substance by chemical or physical processes, e.g. hydrolysis.<ref>Water Quality Vocabulary. ISO 6107-6:1994.</ref> The latter one means "the metabolic breakdown of materials into simpler components by living organisms",<ref>Water Words Dictionary (WWD)</ref> typically by microorganisms.


Decomposition sections
Intro   Animal decomposition    Plant decomposition    Food decomposition    Importance to forensics    Factors affecting decomposition    See also    References    External links   

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