verb (putrefies, putrefying, putrefied)[no object]
(Of a body or other organic matter) decay or rot and produce a fetid smell.
- Ganges water does not putrefy, even after long periods of storage.
- Raw meat putrefies because it is an ideal food for micro-organisms.
- As it putrefies and decays, your breath smells bad, your sweat smells bad, and your bowels smell bad.
Late Middle English: via French from Latin putrefacere, from puter, putr- 'rotten'.
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