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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: putrefacere, from putrere ( PUTRID) + facere 'to make'

putrefy

verb
     
pu‧tre‧fy past tense and past participle putrefied, present participle putrefying, third person singular putrefies [intransitive]
formalHB if a dead animal or plant putrefies, it decays and smells very bad
putrefaction noun [uncountable]
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