- becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
- of or relating to putrefaction.
Origin of putrescent
Examples from the Web for putrescence
He never soiled his pen in the putrescence of falsehood and incendiarism.The Book of Khalid
An ignis fatuus, perhaps; a Jack-o'-lanthorn begotten of putrescence.The Life of Cesare Borgia
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.Heroines of the Crusades
C. A. Bloss
The next indication is, to counteract the tendency to putrescence.The American Reformed Cattle Doctor
- becoming putrid; rotting
- characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
Word Origin and History for putrescence
1640s, from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).
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).
- A putrescent character or condition.
- Putrid matter.
- Becoming putrid; putrefying.
- Of or relating to putrefaction.