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rancid

[ran-sid] /ˈræn sɪd/
adjective
1.
having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, especially of fats or oils:
rancid butter.
2.
(of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale:
a rancid smell.
3.
offensive or nasty; disagreeable.
Origin of rancid
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin rancidus rank, stinking, equivalent to ranc(ēre) to be rotten + -idus -id4
Related forms
rancidly, adverb
rancidness, rancidity, noun
unrancid, adjective
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rancid

/ˈrænsɪd/
adjective
1.
(of butter, bacon, etc) having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition
2.
(of a taste or smell) rank or sour; stale
Derived Forms
rancidity (rænˈsɪdɪtɪ), rancidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin rancidus rank, from rancēre to stink
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Word Origin and History for rancidity

rancid

adj.

1640s, from Latin rancidus "rank, stinking, offensive" (also source of Italian rancido, Spanish rancio), from rancere "be spoiled or rotten," of unknown origin. German ranzig is from French rancide. Related: Rancidness.

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rancidity in Medicine

rancid ran·cid (rān'sĭd)
adj.
Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats.


ran·cid'i·ty or ran'cid·ness n.
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