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putrescence (n.)

"a putrid state; tendency to decay," 1640s, from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, molder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid). Related: Putrescency.

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Definitions of putrescence from WordNet

putrescence (n.)
in a state of progressive putrefaction;
Synonyms: putridness / rottenness / corruption
putrescence (n.)
the quality of rotting and becoming putrid;
Synonyms: rottenness
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