adipocere


ad·i·po·cere

noun \ˈa-də-pə-ˌsir\

Definition of ADIPOCERE

:  a waxy substance consisting chiefly of fatty acids and calcium soaps that is formed during decomposition of dead body fat in moist or wet anaerobic conditions

Origin of ADIPOCERE

modification of French adipocire, from adip- + cire wax, from Latin cera — more at cerumen
First Known Use: 1803

ad·i·po·cere

noun \ˈad-ə-pə-ˌsi(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ADIPOCERE

: a waxy or unctuous brownish substance consisting chiefly of fatty acids and calcium soaps produced by chemical changes affecting dead body fat and muscle long buried or immersed in moisture
ad·i·poc·er·ous \ˌad-ə-ˈpäs-(ə-)rəs, -pə-ˈsir-əs\ adjective

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: adipocyte
Previous Word in the Dictionary: adipocellulose
All Words Near: adipocere

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up adipocere? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More