[pyoo-tres-uh nt]
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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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British Dictionary definitions for putrescent


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

Word Origin for putrescent

C18: from Latin putrescere to become rotten
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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).

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putrescent in Medicine


  1. Becoming putrid; putrefying.
  2. Of or relating to putrefaction.
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