a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water.

1795–1805; < French adipocire, equivalent to adipo- adipo- + cire wax < Latin cēra; English e by association with cēra; cf. cere2

adipocerous [ad-uh-pos-er-uhs] , adjective Unabridged
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adipocere (ˌædɪpəʊˈsɪə, ˈædɪpəʊˌsɪə)
Nontechnical name: grave-wax a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpses
[C19: via French from New Latin adiposus fat (see adipose) + French cire wax]

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adipocere ad·i·po·cere (ād'ə-pō-sēr')
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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