Examples of putrefaction in a Sentence
clearing the refrigerator of what the previous tenant had left behind was like taking a course in the advanced putrefaction of leftovers
Recent Examples of putrefaction from the Web
These deposits are believed to be formed by the decay and putrefaction of living organisms.
For miles at a stretch, the only landmarks were corpses: foxes, raccoons, armadillos in various states of putrefaction on the margins of the Interstate.
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Origin and Etymology of putrefaction
Middle English putrefaccion, from Late Latin putrefaction-, putrefactio, from Latin putrefacere
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PUTREFACTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of putrefaction for English Language Learners
: the process or result of decaying
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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