putrefy

verb pu·tre·fy \ ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī \

Definition of putrefy

putrefied; putrefying
transitive verb
: to make putrid
intransitive verb
: 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

verb

Definition of putrefy for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

putrefy

verb pu·tre·fy \ ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī \

medical Definition of putrefy

putrefied; putrefying
transitive verb
: to make putrid
intransitive verb
: to undergo putrefaction


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