putrefy


pu·tre·fy

verb \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī\

: to be slowly destroyed by natural processes : to rot and become putrid

pu·tre·fiedpu·tre·fy·ing

Full Definition of PUTREFY

transitive verb
:  to make putrid
intransitive verb
:  to undergo putrefaction

Examples of PUTREFY

  1. <we traced the bad smell to a dead skunk putrefying under the house>

Origin of PUTREFY

Middle English putrefien, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French putrefier, from Latin putrefacere, from putrēre to be rotten + facere to make — more at do
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Biochemistry Terms

bile, biodegradable, capsaicin, keratin, metabolism

Rhymes with PUTREFY

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pu·tre·fy

verb \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)
pu·tre·fiedpu·tre·fy·ing

Medical Definition of PUTREFY

transitive verb
: to make putrid
intransitive verb
: to undergo putrefaction

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