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[pyoo-tres-uh-buh l] /pyuˈtrɛs ə bəl/
liable to become putrid.
a putrescible substance.
Origin of putrescible
1790-1800; < Latin putrēsc(ere) to grow rotten + -ible
Related forms
putrescibility, noun
nonputrescible, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now Pasteur puts together air and putrescible liquids and nothing is produced.

    Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot
  • So long as solid wastes are withheld, its surplus oxidizing power will gradually destroy the accumulation of putrescible material.

    Industrial Cuba Robert P. Porter
  • Fed with such air, in the great majority of cases the putrescible liquids remained perfectly sweet after boiling.

  • The fresh but putrescible liquid is introduced into the six tubes in succession by means of the pipette.

  • Cleanliness in leather manufacture is as essential at the commencement as anywhere, for the hide is in its most putrescible state.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • To prove his contention he set out for Arbois with a large number of glass bulbs each half filled with a putrescible liquid.

British Dictionary definitions for putrescible


liable to become putrid
a putrescible substance
Derived Forms
putrescibility, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin putrescere to decay
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putrescible in Medicine

putrescible pu·tres·ci·ble (pyōō-trěs'ə-bəl)
Subject to putrefaction.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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