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EtymologyEdit

First attested between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English putrefaccioun, from Old French, from Latin putrefactiō, from putrefactus, perfect passive participle of putrefaciō (become rotten)[1]

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  • IPA(key): /ˌpjuːtɹəˈfækʃən/

NounEdit

putrefaction (countable and uncountable, plural putrefactions)

  1. The act of causing to rot; the anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of malodorous, incompletely oxidized products.
  2. Rotten material.
  3. The state of being rotten.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin putrefactiō.

NounEdit

putrefaction f (oblique plural putrefactions, nominative singular putrefaction, nominative plural putrefactions)

  1. (medicine) rot; rottenness