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 putrefacti&omacron;, putrefacti&omacron;n-, 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")