pu·​tres·​cence | \ pyü-ˈtre-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce putrescence (audio) \

Definition of putrescence

: the state of being putrescent

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Examples of putrescence in a Sentence

in the far corner of the walk-in refrigerator was a crate of cucumbers in an advanced stage of putrescence
Recent Examples on the Web In various states of putrescence—worms wriggling, entrails dangling—cadavers rise from their graves to join the Dance of Death. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "‘Epidemics and Society’ Review: Hiding From Life to Stay Alive," 24 Apr. 2020 At the opposite end of spring's floral awakening lingers the rot of deciduous fall: the putrescence of stranded, spent salmon; the sweet stench of walrus or whale melting on Nome's driftwood beaches. Michael Engelhard, Alaska Dispatch News, "An ode to Alaska odors," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of putrescence

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Putrescence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrescence. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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