- a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water.
Origin of adipocere
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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
C19: via French from New Latin adiposus fat (see adipose) + French cire wax
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- A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissue in response to moisture.lipocere
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