Putrefaction



[pyoo-truh-fak-shuh n] /ˌpyu trəˈfæk ʃən/

noun
1.
the act or process of ; the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter by bacteria and fungi that results in obnoxiously odorous products; rotting.
2.
the state of being ; decay.
n.

c.1400, from Old French putrefaction (14c.), from Latin putrefactionem (nominative putrefactio), noun of action from past participle stem of putrefacere “to make rotten,” from putrere “to be rotten” (see putrid) + facere “to make, do” (see factitious).

putrefaction pu·tre·fac·tion (pyōō’trə-fāk’shən)
n.

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