pu·​tres·​cent | \pyü-ˈtre-sᵊnt \

Definition of putrescent 

1 : undergoing putrefaction : becoming putrid

2 : of or relating to putrefaction

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The most common are oils (cinnamon, clove, thyme, garlic, etc.), putrescent whole egg solids, dried blood, etc. Kym Pokorny, OregonLive.com, "How to keep cats out of your garden," 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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pu·​tres·​cent | \pyü-ˈtres-ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of putrescent 

1 : undergoing putrefaction : becoming putrid

2 : of or relating to putrefaction

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