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1. Becoming putrid; putrefying.
2. Of or relating to putrefaction.

[Latin putrēscēns, putrēscent-, present participle of putrēscere, to rot, inchoative of putrēre, to be rotten, from puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Biology) becoming putrid; rotting
2. (Biology) characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
[C18: from Latin putrescere to become rotten]
puˈtrescence n


(pyuˈtrɛs ənt)

1. becoming putrid; undergoing putrefaction.
2. of or pertaining to putrefaction.
[1725–35; < Latin putrēscent- (s. of putrēscēns), present participle of putrēscere to rot]
pu•tres′cence, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.putrescent - becoming putrid; "a trail lined by putrescent carcasses"
stale - lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale"


[pjuːˈtresnt] ADJputrefacto


adj (form)verwesend
References in classic literature ?
A couple of hundred yards out of Baker Street I heard a yelping chorus, and saw, first a dog with a piece of putrescent red meat in his jaws coming headlong towards me, and then a pack of starving mongrels in pursuit of him.
So overpowering was it that it was easy to discover the source‹a mass of putrescent matter on the doorstep which in general outlines resembled a dog.
Numerous remaining roots of teeth 18, 13, 23, 24, 48 and teeth 16, 15, 14, 26, 38, 45 with extensive cavity caries and the putrescent pulp were observed.
The smell emanating from Rome's peripheral recesses is a mixture of sublime and putrescent odors--natural gas and sewers but also lemons and well-tended gardens--which marks the difference between its urban landscape and the chemical, smoky smell of industrial cities.
The dream's coherence shudders and collapses into a putrescent world where 'Betty' is now a bitter woman named Diane.
When she had drained me of my very marrow, and cold And weak, I turned to give her one more kiss--behold, There at my side was nothing but a hideous Putrescent thing, all faceless and exuding pus.
Was it in the record of corrupt officials and polluted governments, administrations twisted to the core, the huge excess of privilege and graft, protected criminals and gangster rule, the democratic forms all rotten and putrescent with disease?
lutrescent (also lutrescence and lutrid), which combines light with putrescent to suggest light gone rotten.
Following Eugene Thacker, we might say that the fungus, in all its putrescent vigor, is an exemplar of 'blasphemous life,' a life that is so repugnantly contradictory in its mode of existing that it should not be living at all.
Along the way, the color turned dun and fungal, the elegance to grotesquerie, the Strauss to pastiched Gounod and Wagner, and that warm, chocolaty fragrance to the stench of excrement and putrescent flesh.
He recalled the index finger of the officer nearest him tightening on the trigger, then the putrescent smell of the approaching "angel of death" enveloped him ("Bongo Aata
Frustrated that the bananas you picked up from the farmers market just yesterday have already collapsed into a putrescent sludge puddle?