Definition of putrefy in English:



  • (of a body or other organic matter) decay or rot and produce a fetid smell.

    ‘the body was beginning to putrefy’
    ‘the stench of putrefying corpses’
    • ‘His blood congealed, his heart putrefied and he knew he had to react sharply.’
    • ‘If there is too much protein in our body it putrefies due to the long process of digestion required.’
    • ‘Ganges water does not putrefy, even after long periods of storage.’
    • ‘‘It means that liquid has sat in your ears long enough to putrefy,’ I explained.’
    • ‘Anything organic is going to putrefy or ferment very, very rapidly.’
    • ‘And the minute that the magnificent, multifaceted Crenshaw arrives to putrefy all around him, the scene is set for classic comedy.’
    • ‘When an extremity has been invaded by bacteria and the blood supply is choked off, the limb begins to putrefy.’
    • ‘The putrefying smell carried through the broken compressed-air pipe to the trapped miners and, eventually, to the rescue workers.’
    • ‘It radiated a smell of freshness in putrefying ether.’
    • ‘Raw meat putrefies because it is an ideal food for micro-organisms.’
    • ‘This protracted process resulted in a backlog of bodies that were often putrefying by the time they were cremated.’
    • ‘However, during the hot Polish summers, the bodies started to putrefy.’
    • ‘It had that taste of something vile that had been slowly putrefying in the hot weather.’
    • ‘He believes that one important cause is ‘postnasal drip’ from the nose that accumulates and putrefies on the very back of the tongue.’
    • ‘The body starts to putrefy within a minute or two of death, and bubbles of gas come up through the mouth.’
    • ‘The taste was so putrefying that I felt as if I were about to double over.’
    • ‘As it putrefies and decays, your breath smells bad, your sweat smells bad, and your bowels smell bad.’
    • ‘The bodies were left as a warning, to putrefy dangling in public.’
    • ‘If these sugars cannot be broken down, they will sit in the large intestine and putrefy, leading to a bloated feeling and gas.’
    • ‘Tilden postulated that improper diet led to stagnation of food in the colon, which then putrefied and formed toxins.’
    decay, rot, decompose, go bad, go off, perish, spoil, deteriorate, fester, moulder
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Late Middle English: via French from Latin putrefacere, from puter, putr- ‘rotten’.