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putrescent

Syllabification: pu·tres·cent
Pronunciation: /ˌpyo͞oˈtres(ə)nt
 
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Definition of putrescent in English:

adjective

Undergoing the process of decay; rotting: the odor of putrescent flesh
More example sentences
  • If you want to sample this putrescent variety of Shakespeare, go for ‘Measure,’ which is clearer, better written, and more ferocious.
  • For idleness does, in all cases, inevitably rot, and become putrescent; - and I say deliberately, the very Devil is in it.
  • Within these putrescent pools, black pycniospores fuse to form hyphae growing toward the opposite leaf surface.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin putrescent- 'beginning to go rotten', inceptive of putrere 'to rot' (see putrid).

Derivatives

putrescence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Altogether these produced a breakdown in the cellular structure of the body, evident in the putrescence of the flesh and bones of sufferers.
  • Textually, his ‘work’ orchestrates a cacophony of human ruin and putrescence.
  • He was so close that I could smell putrescence coming from him.

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