putrefy definition by Webster's New World
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- putrefier noun
putrefy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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verb pu·tre·fied, pu·tre·fy·ing, pu·tre·fies verb, transitive
- To cause to decay and have a foul odor. See Synonyms at decay.
- To make gangrenous.
- To become decayed and have a foul odor.
- To become gangrenous.
Origin: Middle English putrefien, from Old French putrefier, from Latin putrefacere : puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
putrefy - Medical Definition
- To become decayed or cause to decay and have a foul odor.
- To make or become gangrenous.