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Decay

1. Destruction of an organic substance by slow combustion or gradual oxidation. 2. To deteriorate; to undergo slow combustion or putrefaction. 3. In dentistry, caries. 4. psychology loss of information registered by the senses and processed into short-term memory. 5. Loss of radioactivity with time; spontaneous emission of radiation or charged particles or both from an unstable nucleus.