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

Definition of putrefaction in English:

noun

[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?

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with putrefaction

abstraction, action, attraction, benefaction, compaction, contraction, counteraction, diffraction, enaction, exaction, extraction, faction, fraction, interaction, liquefaction, malefaction, petrifaction, proaction, protraction, redaction, retroaction, satisfaction, stupefaction, subtraction, traction, transaction, tumefaction, vitrifaction

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