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adipocere

[ad-uh-poh-seer] /ˈæd ə poʊˌsɪər/
noun
1.
a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French adipocire, equivalent to adipo- adipo- + cire wax < Latin cēra; English e by association with cēra; cf. cere2
Related forms
adipocerous
[ad-uh-pos-er-uh s] /ˌæd əˈpɒs ər əs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for adipocere

adipocere

/ˌædɪpəʊˈsɪə; ˈædɪpəʊˌsɪə/
noun
1.
a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpses Nontechnical name grave-wax
Derived Forms
adipocerous (ˌædɪˈpɒsərəs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: via French from New Latin adiposus fat (see adipose) + French cire wax
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adipocere in Medicine

adipocere ad·i·po·cere (ād'ə-pō-sēr')
n.
A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissue in response to moisture. Also called lipocere.


ad'i·po·cer'a·tous (-sěr'ə-təs) adj.
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