Definition of Adipocere

1. n. A soft, unctuous, or waxy substance, of a light brown color, into which the fat and muscle tissue of dead bodies sometimes are converted, by long immersion in water or by burial in moist places. It is a result of fatty degeneration.



Definition of Adipocere

1. Noun. A brown, fatty, waxy substance (fatty acids) that forms on dead animal tissues in response to hydrolysis ¹

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Definition of Adipocere

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Medical Definition of Adipocere

1. A soft, unctuous, or waxy substance, of a light brown colour, into which the fat and muscle tissue of dead bodies sometimes are converted, by long immersion in water or by burial in moist places. It is a result of fatty degeneration. Origin: L. Adeps, adipis, fat + cera wax: cf. F. Adipocere. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Adipocere

adipate
adipates
adipectomy
adiphenine hydrochloride
adipic
adipic acid
adipic acids
adipimidate
adipimidates
adipiodone
adipo-
adipocellular
adipocerated
adipoceration
adipoceratous
adipocere (current term)
adipoceres
adipoceriform
adipocerous
adipocire
adipocyte
adipocytes
adipocytic
adipocytokine
adipocytokines
adipodermal graft
adipogenesis
adipogenic
adipogenous
adipoid

Literary usage of Adipocere

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1. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland by Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1882)
"In carrying out the inquiry, I have not confined myself to reputed samples of "Bog Butter," but have considered "adipocere," and to a limited extent certain ..."

2. A Cyclopaedia of Practical Receipts: And Collateral Information in the Arts by Arnold James Cooley (1845)
"Attempts have been made to convert the dead bodies of cattle (camón) into adipocere, for the purposes of the candle- maker and the soap-boiler, ..."

3. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology by Henry Cadwalader Chapman (1892)
"... of Bodies into adipocere—Length of Time Elapsing Since Death—Remote and Proximate Cause of Death—Symptoms and Post-mortem Appearance of Death from ..."

4. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"The occurrence of this acid in the adipocere examined by Ebert is very likely, ... The hard waxy character of adipocere is mainly due to the presence of ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1876)
"On Protoplasm and adipocere. By DJ GOODMAN. On the Preservation of the Bodies of the 1-arger Animals for Dissection, ..."

6. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science (1885)
"adipocere. Dr. Stevenson draws attention to an interesting monograph on the formation of adipocere by Dr. E. Zillner, ..."

7. A Manual of medical jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor, John J. Reese (1880)
"adipocere. MEDICAL Jurisprudence takes cognizance of all violent causes of death, and is only indirectly involved in those cases of natural death which ..."

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