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1. Decomposition of organic matter, especially protein, by microorganisms, resulting in production of foul-smelling matter.
2. An amount of putrefied matter or an odor produced by such matter.
[Middle English putrefaccioun, from Late Latin putrefactiō, putrefactiōn-, from putrefactus, past participle of Latin putrefacere, to make rotten; see putrefy.]
pu•tre•fac•tion(ˌpyu trəˈfæk ʃən)
1. bacterial or fungal decomposition of organic matter with resulting obnoxious odors; rotting.
2. the state of being putrefied; decay.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin putrefactiō decay = Latin putrefac(ere) to putrefy + -tiō -tion]
pu`tre•fac′tive, pu`tre•fa′cient (-ˈfeɪ ʃənt) adj.
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|Noun||1.||putrefaction - a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor|
decay - an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying; "the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"; "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"
|2.||putrefaction - (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action|
decay - the process of gradually becoming inferior
|3.||putrefaction - moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"|
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"