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adipocere

[ ad-uh-poh-seer ]
/ ˈæd ə poʊˌsɪər /
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noun

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

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Origin of adipocere

1795–1805; <French adipocire, equivalent to adipo-adipo- + cire wax <Latin cēra;English e by association with cēra;cf. cere2
ad·i·poc·er·ous [ad-uh-pos-er-uhs], /ˌæd əˈpɒs ər əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for adipocere

adipocere
/ (ˌædɪpəʊˈsɪə, ˈædɪpəʊˌsɪə) /

noun

a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpsesNontechnical name: grave-wax
adipocerous (ˌædɪˈpɒsərəs), adjective
C19: via French from New Latin adiposus fat (see adipose) + French cire wax
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Medical definitions for adipocere

adipocere
[ ădə-pō-sîr′ ]

n.

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