[ ad-uh-poh-seer ]
/ ˈæd ə poʊˌsɪər /


a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water.

Origin of adipocere

1795–1805; < French adipocire, equivalent to adipo- adipo- + cire wax < Latin cēra; English e by association with cēra; cf. cere2
Related formsad·i·poc·er·ous [ad-uh-pos-er-uh s] /ˌæd əˈpɒs ər əs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adipocere


/ (ˌædɪpəʊˈsɪə, ˈædɪpəʊˌsɪə) /


a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpsesNontechnical name: grave-wax
Derived Formsadipocerous (ˌædɪˈpɒsərəs), adjective

Word Origin for adipocere

C19: via French from New Latin adiposus fat (see adipose) + French cire wax
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Medicine definitions for adipocere


[ ădə-pō-sîr′ ]


A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissue in response to moisture.lipocere
Related formsad′i•po•cera•tous (-sĕrə-təs) adj.
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