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putrescent

[pyoo-tres-uh nt] /pyuˈtrɛs ənt/
adjective
1.
becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
2.
of or pertaining 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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British Dictionary definitions for putrescent

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 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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putrescent in Medicine

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

  1. Becoming putrid; putrefying.

  2. Of or relating to putrefaction.

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