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putrescent

[pyoo-tres-uh nt] /pyuˈtrɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
2.
of or relating to putrefaction.
Origin
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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  • There is a moral putrescence peculiar to the denial of genocide.
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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