soft rot

noun Plant Pathology.
a disease of fruits and vegetables, characterized by a soft, watery decay of affected parts, caused by any of several bacteria or fungi.

Origin:
1900–05

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soft rot
 
n
any of various bacterial or fungal plant diseases characterized by watery disintegration of fruits, roots, etc

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The pathogenic agents responsible for this disease, which is characterized by soft rot of leaves, had not been identified.
Soft rot is caused by bacteria that break tubers down in a soft, slimy, stinking decay.
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