putrefactive

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.

putrefactive pu·tre·fac·tive (pyōō'trə-fāk'tĭv)
adj.

  1. Bringing about putrefaction.

  2. Of, relating to, or characterized by putrefaction.

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