putrefaction

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

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

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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 Defined for English Language Learners

putrefaction

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

Definition of putrefaction for English Language Learners

  • : the process or result of decaying


Medical Dictionary

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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