putrefaction

[pyoo-truh-fak-shuh n]

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.

Nearby words

  1. putnam-dana syndrome,
  2. putoff,
  3. putonghua,
  4. putrajaya,
  5. putrefacient,
  6. putrefactive,
  7. putrefy,
  8. putrescence,
  9. putrescent,
  10. putrescible

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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Word Origin and History for putrefactive

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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Medicine definitions for putrefactive

putrefactive

[pyōō′trə-făktĭv]

adj.

Bringing about putrefaction.
Of, relating to, or characterized by 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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