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putrescent

[pyoo-tres-uh nt] /pyuˈtrɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
2.
of or relating to putrefaction.
Origin of putrescent
1725-1735
1725-35; < Latin putrēscent- (stem of putrēscēns), present participle of putrēscere to grow rotten
Related forms
putrescence, putrescency, noun
nonputrescence, noun
nonputrescent, adjective
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Examples from the Web for putrescence
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  • It is essentially bottomless, cancerous; a putrescence through the constitution of the people is indicated by this galled place.

  • An ignis fatuus, perhaps; a Jack-o'-lanthorn begotten of putrescence.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • By the time he reached the next pool the putrescence which hung on the stale air was almost sickening.

    Hunters Out of Space Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • The air was full of putrescence and the strong odour of foul mud.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • What the larva of antiquity ate was live flesh and not putrescence.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • The waysides were strewn with dead bodies in every state of putrescence.

  • He never soiled his pen in the putrescence of falsehood and incendiarism.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • You would not have me for fear of pain perish in putrescence.

  • Even Hegel said that wars invigorate humanity just as the storm preserves the sea from putrescence.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • Miss Van Tuyn was not going to allow herself to be influenced by the putrescence of Garstin's mind.

    December Love Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for putrescence

putrescent

/pjuːˈtrɛsənt/
adjective
1.
becoming putrid; rotting
2.
characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
Derived Forms
putrescence, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin putrescere to become rotten
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Word Origin and History for putrescence
n.

1640s, from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).

putrescent

adj.

1732, a back-formation from putrescence, or else from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, moulder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).

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putrescence in Medicine

putrescence pu·tres·cence (pyōō-trěs'əns)
n.

  1. A putrescent character or condition.

  2. Putrid matter.

putrescent pu·tres·cent (pyōō-trěs'ənt)
adj.

  1. Becoming putrid; putrefying.

  2. Of or relating to putrefaction.

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