Origin of putrefactionMiddle English putrefaccion from Late Latin putrefactio from Classical Latin putrefacere: see putrefy
- Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.
- An amount of putrefied matter or an odor produced by such matter.
Origin of putrefactionMiddle English putrefaccioun from Late Latin putrefactiō putrefactiōn- from putrefactus past participle of Latin putrefacere to make rotten ; see putrefy .
Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English putrefaccioun, from Latin putrefactiÅ, from putrefactus, perfect passive participle of putrefaciÅ (“become rotten")