[ pyoo-tres-uh nt ]
/ pyuˈtrɛs ənt /


becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
of or relating to putrefaction.

Origin of putrescent

1725–35; < Latin putrēscent- (stem of putrēscēns), present participle of putrēscere to grow rotten

Related forms

pu·tres·cence, pu·tres·cen·cy, nounnon·pu·tres·cence, nounnon·pu·tres·cent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for putrescent


/ (pjuːˈtrɛsənt) /


becoming putrid; rotting
characterized by or undergoing putrefaction

Derived Forms

putrescence, noun

Word Origin for putrescent

C18: from Latin putrescere to become rotten
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Medicine definitions for putrescent


[ pyōō-trĕsənt ]


Becoming putrid; putrefying.
Of or relating to putrefaction.
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