The presence of putrefiable or putrescent matter determines at once the germination of the always-present spore.
Parkes says water contaminated with three to ten grains per gallon of putrescent animal matter may be hurtful.
The putrescent are composed of decayed, or decaying, vegetable and animal substances.
The amount of putrescent matter may be estimated by the amount of oxygen consumed in destroying it.
No manures, either fossil or putrescent, afford any considerable food for plants.
It is probably a more reliable measure of the putrescent matter present than the total organic contamination.
But from the putrescent mass of flesh, we salvaged a second jewel from Aptor.
Miasma, mī-az′ma, n. unwholesome exhalations arising from putrescent matter—also Mī′asm:—pl.
Chained to him by a bond he could not break was the putrescent body of his reeking past.
They are often evanescent and putrescent, sometimes liquefying altogether.
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).
putrescent pu·tres·cent (pyōō-trěs'ənt)
Becoming putrid; putrefying.
Of or relating to putrefaction.