pu·​tres·​cent | \ pyü-ˈtre-sᵊnt How to pronounce putrescent (audio) \

Definition of putrescent

1 : undergoing putrefaction : becoming putrid
2 : of or relating to putrefaction

Examples of putrescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most common are oils (cinnamon, clove, thyme, garlic, etc.), putrescent whole egg solids, dried blood, etc. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of putrescent

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for putrescent

Latin putrescent-, putrescens, present participle of putrescere to grow rotten, inchoative of putrēre

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“Putrescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrescent. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of putrescent

1 : undergoing putrefaction : becoming putrid
2 : of or relating to putrefaction

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