Putrefy meaning

pyo͝otrə-fī
To make or become putrid or rotten; decompose.
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To decay or cause to decay and have a foul odor.
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To decay or cause to decay and have a foul odor.
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To become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance.
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To reach an advanced stage of decomposition.
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To become gangrenous.
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To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous.

To putrefy an ulcer or wound.

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To corrupt; to make foul.
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Origin of putrefy

  • Middle English putrefien from Old French putrefier from Latin putrefacere puter putr- rotten pū̆- in Indo-European roots facere to make dhē- in Indo-European roots

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