[ pyoo-tres-uh nt ]
/ pyuˈtrɛs ənt /


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

Nearby words

  1. putrefacient,
  2. putrefaction,
  3. putrefactive,
  4. putrefy,
  5. putrescence,
  6. putrescible,
  7. putrescine,
  8. putrid,
  9. putridity,
  10. putridly

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


/ (pjuːˈtrɛsənt) /


becoming putrid; rotting
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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Medicine definitions for putrescent


[ pyōō-trĕsənt ]


Becoming putrid; putrefying.
Of or relating to putrefaction.

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