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putrefaction

[pyoo-truh-fak-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act or process of putrefying; the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter by bacteria and fungi that results in obnoxiously odorous products; rotting.
  2. the state of being putrefied; decay.
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Origin of putrefaction

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin putrefactiōn- (stem of putrefactiō) a rotting, equivalent to Latin putrefact(us) (past participle of putrefacere to putrefy) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspu·tre·fac·tive, pu·tre·fa·cient [pyoo-truh-fey-shuh nt] /ˌpyu trəˈfeɪ ʃənt/, adjective
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Related Words for putrefaction

ruination, dilapidation, putrescence, dissolution, adulteration, decrease, extinction, disintegration, fading, decadence, decline, mortification, senescence, consumption, rot, ruin, downfall, decomposition, blight, impairment

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Word Origin and History for putrefaction

n.

c.1400, from Old French putrefaction (14c.), from Latin putrefactionem (nominative putrefactio), noun of action from past participle stem of putrefacere "to make rotten," from putrere "to be rotten" (see putrid) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).

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putrefaction in Medicine

putrefaction

(pyōō′trə-făkshən)
n.
  1. Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.
  2. Putrefied matter.
  3. The condition of being putrefied.
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