- becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
- of or relating to putrefaction.
Origin of putrescent
Examples from the Web for putrescent
Digger Indians are left to do that when the meat is putrescent.
They proved to be the lancet which cut the putrescent sore of the rising world.The Insect
But from the putrescent mass of flesh, we salvaged a second jewel from Aptor.The Jewels of Aptor
Samuel R. Delany
The putrescent are composed of decayed, or decaying, vegetable and animal substances.Soil Culture
J. H. Walden
The disease so putrescent in its tendencies, had originated in animal putrefaction.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
- becoming putrid; rotting
- characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
Word Origin and History for putrescent
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).
- Becoming putrid; putrefying.
- Of or relating to putrefaction.