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

Definition of adipocere in English:


[mass noun]
A greyish waxy substance formed by the decomposition of soft tissue in dead bodies subjected to moisture.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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