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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.]
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1. (Biology) becoming putrid; rotting
2. (Biology) characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
[C18: from Latin putrescere to become rotten]
puˈtrescence n
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(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.
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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"
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[pjuːˈtresnt] ADJputrefacto
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adj (form)verwesend
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Take note: the over-ripe and putrescently decaying condition of the preceding barbaric age which, by means of the barbarian idea Government has a fixity on the necks, hearts & souls of a ceaselessly progressing humanity of that crude institution of savagery, "property"'.