putrefaction

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • 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. Rotten material.
  3. The state of being rotten.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Putrefaction" at Dictionary.com

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin putrefactiō.

Noun[edit]

putrefaction f ‎(oblique plural putrefactions, nominative singular putrefaction, nominative plural putrefactions)

  1. (medicine) rot; rottenness