[pyoo-tres-uh-buh l]


liable to become putrid.


a putrescible substance.

Origin of putrescible

1790–1800; < Latin putrēsc(ere) to grow rotten + -ible
Related formspu·tres·ci·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pu·tres·ci·ble, adjective
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Historical Examples of putrescible

  • Now Pasteur puts together air and putrescible liquids and nothing is produced.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot

  • So long as solid wastes are withheld, its surplus oxidizing power will gradually destroy the accumulation of putrescible material.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • Fed with such air, in the great majority of cases the putrescible liquids remained perfectly sweet after boiling.

  • The fresh but putrescible liquid is introduced into the six tubes in succession by means of the pipette.

  • Cleanliness in leather manufacture is as essential at the commencement as anywhere, for the hide is in its most putrescible state.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for putrescible



liable to become putrid


a putrescible substance
Derived Formsputrescibility, noun

Word Origin for putrescible

C18: from Latin putrescere to decay
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Medicine definitions for putrescible




Subject to putrefaction.
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