a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water.
- ad·i·poc·er·ous [ad-uh-pos-er-uhs], /ˌæd əˈpɒs ər əs/, adjective
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How to use adipocere in a sentence
He is the first to observe and describe that curious product of the decomposition of flesh known to modern chemists as adipocere.
Hatchettine or rock-fat is sometimes called adipocere; and bog-butter is a substance nearly similar to it.
Besides, dead animal matter38 can be worked up more profitably than in making artificial adipocere.
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
The autopsy on the exhumed body of Perrotte Mace was inconclusive, owing to the condition of adipocere.She Stands Accused | Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for adipocere
a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpses: Nontechnical name: grave-wax
- adipocerous (ˌædɪˈpɒsərəs), adjective
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