Definition of Putrefaction

1. Noun. A state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor.

Exact synonyms: Rot
Generic synonyms: Decay
Specialized synonyms: Corruption, Putrescence, Putridness, Rottenness
Derivative terms: Putrefy, Rot



2. Noun. (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action.
Exact synonyms: Decomposition, Rot, Rotting
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Generic synonyms: Decay
Derivative terms: Decompose, Putrefy, Rot, Rot

3. Noun. Moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles. "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
Exact synonyms: Corruption, Degeneracy, Depravation, Depravity
Generic synonyms: Immorality
Derivative terms: Deprave, Deprave, Depraved

Definition of Putrefaction

1. n. The act or the process of putrefying; the offensive decay of albuminous or other matter.

Definition of Putrefaction

1. Noun. the act of causing to rot; the anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of malodorous, incompletely oxidized products ¹

2. Noun. rotted material ¹

3. Noun. the state of being rotted ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Putrefaction

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Putrefaction

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Literary usage of Putrefaction

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1. Legal Medicine by Charles Meymott Tidy (1882)
"The circumstances respect ively promoting and retarding putrefaction in a ... The most favorable temperature for putrefaction is between 70° and 100° Fahr. ..."

2. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"Fermentation and putrefaction.—The question is further complicated when we ... putrefaction is generally restricted to include only those processes of ..."

3. Preventive medicine and hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau (1917)
"The products produced during the various stages of protein putrefaction resemble the ... The terminal products of putrefaction, or even the later stages, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1867)
"The formation of ammonia, or of ammoniacal compounds, is a characteristic of most eases of animal putrefaction ; while other combinations of hydrogen ..."

5. Chemistry in Its Application to Agriculture and Physiology by Justus Liebig (1843)
"Fermentation and putrefaction are examples of that kind of decomposition, which we have named transformations : the elementi of the bodies capable of ..."

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