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putrid

[pyoo-trid] /ˈpyu trɪd/
adjective
1.
in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten.
2.
of, pertaining to, or attended by putrefaction.
3.
having the odor of decaying flesh.
4.
thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil.
5.
of very low quality; rotten.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin putridus rotten, equivalent to putr(ēre) to rot + -idus -id4
Related forms
putridity, putridness, noun
putridly, adverb
unputrid, adjective
unputridly, adverb
unputridness, noun
unputridity, noun
Synonyms
3. fetid. 4. immoral.
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Examples from the web for putrid
  • Most are caused by cooking fats and oils, which congeal to form a thick, putrid layer around drains and sewer walls.
  • Much of it remains under water, stewing in a putrid mix of chemicals and corpses.
British Dictionary definitions for putrid

putrid

/ˈpjuːtrɪd/
adjective
1.
(of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smell: putrid meat
2.
morally corrupt or worthless
3.
sickening; foul: a putrid smell
4.
(informal) deficient in quality or value: a putrid film
Derived Forms
putridity, putridness, noun
putridly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin putridus rotten, from putrēre to be rotten
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Word Origin and History for putrid
adj.

early 15c., from Latin putridus, from putrere "to rot," from putris "rotten, crumbling," related to putere "to stink," from PIE root *pu- "to rot, stink" (see pus). First in reference to putrid fever, an old name for typhus (also known in Middle English as putrida). Related: Putrification.

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putrid in Medicine

putrid pu·trid (pyōō'trĭd)
adj.

  1. Decomposed; foul-smelling; rotten.

  2. Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.

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