putrefaction

[pyoo-truh-fak-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of putrefying; the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter by bacteria and fungi that results in obnoxiously odorous products; rotting.
2.
the state of being putrefied; decay.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin putrefactiōn- (stem of putrefactiō) a rotting, equivalent to Latin putrefact(us) (past participle of putrefacere to putrefy) + -iōn- -ion

putrefactive, putrefacient [pyoo-truh-fey-shuhnt] , adjective
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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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putrefaction
c.1400, from O.Fr. putrefaction (14c.), from L. putrefactionem (nom. putrefactio), from putrefactus, pp. of putrefacere "to make rotten," from putrere "to be rotten" (see putrid) + facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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putrefaction pu·tre·fac·tion (pyōō'trə-fāk'shən)
n.

  1. Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.

  2. Putrefied matter.

  3. The condition of being putrefied.

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Example sentences
It hinders and prevents fermentation, the souring of milk and the putrefaction of milk.
Here were gore-spattered battles and scenes of putrefaction and disease.
Damaged cells, through putrefaction, take the pressure off healthy cells allowing cell division or healing.
Neutral buffered formalin is used to stabilize protein in fresh tissue, and prevent autolysis and putrefaction.
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