- a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water.
Origin of adipocere
Examples from the Web for adipocere
Historical Examples of adipocere
The brain was considerable in quantity, but changed to a state of adipocere resembling ointment of a dark brown hue.Norfolk Annals
"Then you'll be buried in Kensal Green and turn into adipocere with the others," said Torpenhow.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
The autopsy on the exhumed body of Perrotte Mace was inconclusive, owing to the condition of adipocere.She Stands Accused
There was not a trace of adipocere—the peculiar waxy soap that forms in bodies that decay in water or in a damp situation.The Vanishing Man
R. Austin Freeman
He is the first to observe and describe that curious product of the decomposition of flesh known to modern chemists as adipocere.
- a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpsesNontechnical name: grave-wax
Word Origin for adipocere
- A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissue in response to moisture.lipocere