putrescent

adjective

pu·​tres·​cent pyü-ˈtre-sᵊnt How to pronounce putrescent (audio)
1
: undergoing putrefaction : becoming putrid
2
: of or relating to putrefaction

Examples of putrescent in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of putrescent was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Putrescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrescent. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

putrescent

adjective
pu·​tres·​cent pyü-ˈtres-ᵊnt How to pronounce putrescent (audio)
1
: undergoing putrefaction : becoming putrid
2
: of or relating to putrefaction

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