putrefaction


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pu·tre·fac·tion

 (pyo͞o′trə-făk′shən)
n.
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)

n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.putrefaction - a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odorputrefaction - 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"
putrescence, putridness, rottenness, corruption - in a state of progressive putrefaction
2.putrefaction - (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal actionputrefaction - (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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"

putrefaction

noun
Translations

putrefaction

[ˌpjuːtrɪˈfækʃən] Nputrefacción f

putrefaction

nVerwesung f

putrefaction

[ˌpjuːtrɪˈfækʃn] nputrefazione f

pu·tre·fac·tion

n. putrefacción, condición de ser pútrido-a, corrompido-a.
References in classic literature ?
Directly Rostov entered the door he was enveloped by a smell of putrefaction and hospital air.
For the first, the ornaments of images gilt, or of marble, which are in use, do well: but the main matter is so to convey the water, as it never stay, either in the bowls or in the cistern; that the water be never by rest discolored, green or red or the like; or gather any mossiness or putrefaction.
Presently a smoke rose about our feet--a smoke that smelled of all the dead things of earth, of all the putrefaction and corruption imaginable.
And I shall have to tell you later that even the processes of putrefaction and decay had been profoundly affected by these changes.
But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many-- those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance --our living frames are altogether immune.
Come," and with the words I dashed forward, across the fetid mass of putrefaction.
Mysterious as this circumstance appears to be, it is not more surprising than that the body of one's fellow-creature, directly after death, and before putrefaction has commenced, should often be of so deleterious a quality, that the mere puncture from an instrument used in its dissection, should prove fatal.
Putrefaction is always to be apprehended when the souls are consigned to us in the usual way.
The wind also carries waste, dust and gases caused by decomposition and said and added that putrefaction of waste in sunlight during daytime results in bad smells and reduced visibility, added.
The basic five stages of decomposition are - fresh, putrefaction, fermentation, dry/decay and skeletonisation.
Even when thought about from a lay perspective, putrefaction is often viewed with a negative connotation.
S uite a la demande faite par le Groupement parlementaire du Progres et du Socialisme (GPPS), Aziz Akhannouch, ministre de l'Agriculture, de la peche maritime, du developpement rural et des eaux et forets, s'est presente, jeudi dernier, devant les membres de la Commission des secteurs productifs a la Chambre des representants pour donner des explications concernant l'affaire de la putrefaction de la viande lors de la fete du sacrifice.