Etymology
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putrescent (adj.)

"becoming or growing putrid or rotten," 1732, a back-formation from putrescence, or else from Latin putrescentem (nominative putrescens), present participle of putrescere "grow rotten, molder, decay," inchoative of putrere "be rotten" (see putrid).

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Definitions of putrescent

putrescent (adj.)
becoming putrid;
a trail lined by putrescent carcasses
From wordnet.princeton.edu