Definition of putrefacient in US English:

putrefacient

noun

  • An agent or substance that causes putrefaction. rare.

adjective

  • Putrefactive. Now rare.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Robert James (d. 1776), physician and inventor of James's fever powder. From classical Latin putrefacient-, putrefaciēns, present participle of putrefacere.

Pronunciation

putrefacient

/ˌpjuːtrɪˈfeɪʃnt/