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putrefaction Syllabification: pu·tre·fac·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌpyo͞otrəˈfakSHən/

Definition of putrefaction in English:


The process of decay or rotting in a body or other organic matter.
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).

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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