putrefaction

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Etymology[edit]

Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English putrefaccioun, from Latin putrefactiō, from putrefactus, perfect passive participle of putrefaciō (become rotten)[1]

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  • IPA(key): /ˌpjuːtrəˈfækʃən/

Noun[edit]

putrefaction (plural putrefactions)

  1. the act of causing to rot; the anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of malodorous, incompletely oxidized products
  2. rotted material
  3. the state of being rotted

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  1. ^ "Putrefaction" at Dictionary.com