Middle English putrefienfrom Old French putrefierfrom Latin putrefacereputerputr-rottenpū̆- in Indo-European roots facereto makedhē- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Putrefy Sentence Examples
They increase as bacteria putrefy animal flesh, producing a strong rotting odor.
As more fibreless processed foods putrefy in the intestines, becoming a feeding ground for harmful bacteria, colonies of acidophilus suffer immensely.
If food were combined improperly, Diamond claimed it caused food to "putrefy and ferment" within the intestinal tract instead of being digested.
In the early process for extracting the oil the livers were allowed to putrefy in wooden tubs, when oils of two qualities, one called "pale oil," and the other "light brown oil," successively rose to the surface and were drawn off.