putrefy

putrefy

[pyoo-truh-fahy]
verb (used with object), putrefied, putrefying.
1.
to render putrid; cause to rot or decay with an offensive odor.
verb (used without object), putrefied, putrefying.
2.
to become putrid; rot.
3.
to become gangrenous.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English putrefien < Middle French putrefier < Vulgar Latin *putreficāre, for Latin putrefacere to make rotten

putrefiable, adjective
putrefier, noun
unputrefiable, adjective
unputrefied, adjective


2. decompose, spoil.
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putrefy (ˈpjuːtrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(of organic matter) to decompose or rot with an offensive smell
 
[C15: from Old French putrefier + Latin putrefacere, from puter rotten + facere to make]
 
putrefaction
 
n
 
putre'factive
 
adj
 
putrefacient
 
adj
 
'putrefiable
 
adj
 
'putrefier
 
n

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putrefy pu·tre·fy (pyōō'trə-fī')
v. pu·tre·fied, pu·tre·fy·ing, pu·tre·fies

  1. To become decayed or cause to decay and have a foul odor.

  2. To make or become gangrenous.

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