Etymology
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putrefaction (n.)

c. 1400, putrefaccioun, "process of decomposition of organic matter," from Old French putrefaction (14c.), from Latin putrefactionem (nominative putrefactio), noun of action from past-participle stem of putrefacere "to make rotten," from putrere "to be rotten" (see putrid) + facere "to make, do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). By early 15c. as "that which is putrid or decomposed." Putrification sometimes also is used. Related: Putrefactive.

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Definitions of putrefaction

putrefaction (n.)
a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor;
Synonyms: rot
putrefaction (n.)
(biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action;
Synonyms: decomposition / rot / rotting / breakdown
putrefaction (n.)
moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles;
Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction
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