name: heterocycle catabolic process
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def: "The chemical reactions and pathways resulting in the breakdown of heterocyclic compounds, those with a cyclic molecular structure and at least two different atoms in the ring (or rings)." [GOC:ai]
synonym: "heterocycle breakdown" EXACT 
synonym: "heterocycle catabolism" EXACT 
synonym: "heterocycle degradation" EXACT 
is_a: GO:0044248 ! cellular catabolic process
is_a: GO:0046483 ! heterocycle metabolic process
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