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putrefy

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verb pu·tre·fy \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of putrefy

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of putrefy

putrefied

putrefying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make putrid

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to undergo putrefaction

Examples of putrefy in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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

Synonym Discussion of putrefy

decay, decompose, rot, putrefy, spoil mean to undergo destructive dissolution. decay implies a slow change from a state of soundness or perfection <a decaying mansion>. decompose stresses a breaking down by chemical change and when applied to organic matter a corruption <the strong odor of decomposing vegetation>. rot is a close synonym of decompose and often connotes foulness <fruit was left to rot in warehouses>. putrefy implies the rotting of animal matter and offensiveness to sight and smell <corpses putrefying on the battlefield>. spoil applies chiefly to the decomposition of foods <keep the ham from spoiling>.

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putrefy

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verb pu·tre·fy \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of putrefy

putrefied

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putrefying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make putrid

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo putrefaction





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