Putrefaction meaning

pyo͝otrə-făkshən
The decomposition of organic matter by bacteria, fungi, and oxidation, resulting in the formation of foul-smelling products; a rotting.
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Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.
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An amount of putrefied matter or an odor produced by such matter.
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Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.
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The act of causing to rot; the anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of malodorous, incompletely oxidized products.
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Rotted material.
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The state of being rotted.
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An amount of putrefied matter or an odor produced by such matter.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
putrefaction
Plural:
putrefactions

Origin of putrefaction

  • Middle English putrefaccioun from Late Latin putrefactiō putrefactiōn- from putrefactus past participle of Latin putrefacere to make rotten putrefy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English putrefaccioun, from Latin putrefactiō, from putrefactus, perfect passive participle of putrefaciō (“become rotten")

    From Wiktionary