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[ pyoo-truh-fak-shuhn ]


  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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Other Words From

  • putre·factive pu·tre·fa·cient [pyoo-tr, uh, -, fey, -sh, uh, nt], adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of putrefaction1

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

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Example Sentences

In the putrefaction stage of corpse decomposition, bodies release several liters of water as well as a vast range of heavy metals in a brownish-gray liquid called cemetery leachate.

As a result, humans kept the products of bacterial putrefaction in their intestines for too long and they became toxic.

This intestinal putrefaction theory gained such prominence that British surgeon William Lane advocated the removal of the entire large intestine to remediate digestive disorders.

Her hands were shaking, slick and black with subdead putrefaction.

Diminished hydrochloric acid favors intestinal putrefaction.

Molds, however, in feeding do cause chemical changes which result in decay or putrefaction.

In the pancreas after putrefaction, and in the fces of typhus patients, no skatol was found.

Ammonia is derived from the putrefaction of animal and vegetable substances.

Sudden putrefaction of meat takes place at a temperature of thirty-five degrees below zero.