Definition of putrefaction in English:


Line breaks: pu¦tre|fac¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌpjuːtrɪˈfakʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
The process of decay or rotting in a body or other organic matter: the breeze shifted and we caught the stench of putrefaction
More example sentences
  • The air was stuffy and there was an unbearable stench of blood and putrefaction.
  • As soon as a gap to the underlying chamber was opened, the unmistakable stench associated with putrefaction became terribly evident.
  • Is this then the end of the long march of human civilisation, this spiritual suicide, this quiet putrefaction of the soul into matter?


late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin putrefactio(n-), from putrefacere 'make rotten' (see putrefy).

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