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putrescent

[pyoo-tres-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
  2. of or relating to putrefaction.
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Origin of putrescent

1725–35; < Latin putrēscent- (stem of putrēscēns), present participle of putrēscere to grow rotten
Related formspu·tres·cence, pu·tres·cen·cy, nounnon·pu·tres·cence, nounnon·pu·tres·cent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for putrescence

Historical Examples

  • He never soiled his pen in the putrescence of falsehood and incendiarism.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • An ignis fatuus, perhaps; a Jack-o'-lanthorn begotten of putrescence.

  • The air was full of putrescence and the strong odour of foul mud.

    A Company of Tanks

    W. H. L. Watson

  • The waysides were strewn with dead bodies in every state of putrescence.

  • The next indication is, to counteract the tendency to putrescence.


British Dictionary definitions for putrescence

putrescent

adjective
  1. becoming putrid; rotting
  2. characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
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Derived Formsputrescence, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin putrescere to become rotten
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Word Origin and History for putrescence

n.

1640s, from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).

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putrescent

adj.

1732, a back-formation from putrescence, or else from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).

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putrescence in Medicine

putrescence

(pyōō-trĕsəns)
n.
  1. A putrescent character or condition.
  2. Putrid matter.
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putrescent

(pyōō-trĕsənt)
adj.
  1. Becoming putrid; putrefying.
  2. Of or relating to putrefaction.
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