putrefy

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verb pu·tre·fy \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī\

Definition of putrefy

putrefied

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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

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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

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 Defined for English Language Learners

putrefy

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Definition of putrefy for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

putrefy

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verb pu·tre·fy \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī\

Medical Definition of putrefy

putrefied

;

putrefying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make putrid

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to undergo putrefaction



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