Definition of adipocere in English:

adipocere

Line breaks: adi¦po|cere
Pronunciation: /ˌadɪpə(ʊ)ˈsɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A greyish waxy substance formed by the decomposition of soft tissue in dead bodies subjected to moisture.
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    • But some have also recognized its resemblance to a fatty wax called adipocere, which is known to form from body fats buried in wet, anaerobic environments.
    • So adipocere may be from white muscle deposits close to the red muscles.
    • But since her body had been converted into the wax-like adipocere, the stab marks were clearly visible.

Origin

early 19th century: from French adipocire, from Latin adeps, adip- 'fat' + French cire 'wax' (from Latin cera).

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