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putrefaction

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noun pu·tre·fac·tion \ˌpyü-trə-ˈfak-shən\

Simple Definition of putrefaction

  • : the process or result of decaying

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of putrefaction

  1. 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. 2 :  the state of being putrefied :  corruption

putrefactive

play \-ˈfak-tiv\ adjective

Examples of putrefaction in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of putrefaction

Middle English putrefaccion, from Late Latin putrefaction-, putrefactio, from Latin putrefacere


First Known Use: 14th century

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putrefaction

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noun pu·tre·fac·tion \ˌpyü-trə-ˈfak-shən\

Medical Definition of putrefaction

  1. 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. 2:  the state of being putrefied




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