Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

The act of putrefying; decay.

Part of speech: adjective


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Usage examples "putrefaction":

  1. Before even Boyle, however, Father Kircher had expressed his opinion that disease processes were similar to those of putrefaction. - "Catholic Churchmen in Science", James J. Walsh.
  2. When a body is full of blood, warmed by a sudden external heat, and a putrefaction coming on, some of the blood- vessels will burst, as they will all in time. - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)", Isaac D'Israeli.
  3. The former is a powerful antiseptic to arrest putrefaction. - "Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure", William Thomas Fernie.