putrefaction

[ pyoo-truh-fak-shuhn ]
/ ˌpyu trəˈfæk ʃən /

noun

the act or process of putrefying; the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter by bacteria and fungi that results in obnoxiously odorous products; rotting.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM putrefaction

pu·tre·fac·tive, pu·tre·fa·cient [pyoo-truh-fey-shuhnt], /ˌpyu trəˈfeɪ ʃənt/, adjective
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Medical definitions for putrefaction

putrefaction
[ pyōō′trə-făkshən ]

n.

Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.
Putrefied matter.
The condition of being putrefied.
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