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

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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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The first known use of putrescence was in 1646

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