adipocere

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noun ad·i·po·cere \ˈa-də-pə-ˌsir\

Definition of adipocere

  1. :  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 and Etymology of adipocere

modification of French adipocire, from adip- + cire wax, from Latin cera — more at cerumen


First Known Use: 1803


Medical Dictionary

adipocere

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noun ad·i·po·cere \ˈad-ə-pə-ˌsi(ə)r\

Medical Definition of adipocere

  1. :  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

adipocerous

\ˌad-ə-ˈpäs-(ə-)rəs, -pə-ˈsir-əs\play play adjective

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