putrefaction


pu·tre·fac·tion

noun \ˌpyü-trə-ˈfak-shən\

: the process or result of decaying

Full Definition of PUTREFACTION

1
:  the decomposition of organic matter; especially :  the typically anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of foul-smelling incompletely oxidized products
2
:  the state of being putrefied :  corruption
pu·tre·fac·tive \-ˈfak-tiv\ adjective

Examples of PUTREFACTION

  1. <clearing the refrigerator of what the previous tenant had left behind was like taking a course in the advanced putrefaction of leftovers>

Origin of PUTREFACTION

Middle English putrefaccion, from Late Latin putrefaction-, putrefactio, from Latin putrefacere
First Known Use: 14th century

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pu·tre·fac·tion

noun \ˌpyü-trə-ˈfak-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUTREFACTION

1
: the decomposition of organic matter; especially : the typically anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of foul-smelling incompletely oxidized products
2
: the state of being putrefied

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