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putrefy

[ pyoo-truh-fahy ]
/ 藞pyu tr蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), pu路tre路fied, pu路tre路fy路ing.
to render putrid; cause to rot or decay with an offensive odor.
verb (used without object), pu路tre路fied, pu路tre路fy路ing.
to become putrid; rot.
to become gangrenous.
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Origin of putrefy

1350鈥1400; Middle English putrefien<Middle French putrefier<Vulgar Latin *putrefic膩re, for Latin putrefacere to make rotten

OTHER WORDS FROM putrefy

pu路tre路fi路a路ble, adjectivepu路tre路fi路er, nounun路pu路tre路fi路a路ble, adjectiveun路pu路tre路fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for putrefy

putrefy
/ (藞pju藧tr瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(of organic matter) to decompose or rot with an offensive smell

Derived forms of putrefy

putrefaction (藢pju藧tr瑟藞f忙k蕛蓹n), nounputrefactive or putrefacient (藢pju藧tr瑟藞fe瑟蕛蓹nt), adjectiveputrefiable, adjectiveputrefier, noun

Word Origin for putrefy

C15: from Old French putrefier + Latin putrefacere, from puter rotten + facere to make
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Medical definitions for putrefy

putrefy
[ py艒艒tr蓹-f墨鈥 ]

v.
To become decayed or cause to decay and have a foul odor.
To make or become gangrenous.
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