Definition of putrescent in English:

putrescent

adjective

  • Undergoing the process of decay; rotting.

    ‘the odor of putrescent flesh’
    • ‘Within these putrescent pools, black pycniospores fuse to form hyphae growing toward the opposite leaf surface.’
    • ‘Thus it is that one often comes across a line of startling beauty and brilliance in an otherwise putrescent poem or page of prose.’
    • ‘Dismantle, annihilate and devastate the whole swelling, putrescent edifice of surfing once and for all.’
    • ‘For idleness does, in all cases, inevitably rot, and become putrescent; - and I say deliberately, the very Devil is in it.’
    • ‘And I will gladly tell you about that putrescent scum.’
    • ‘If you want to sample this putrescent variety of Shakespeare, go for ‘Measure,’ which is clearer, better written, and more ferocious.’
    • ‘On the left in the bedding are the putrescent remains of a rope ladder.’
    decaying, rotting, putrefying, decomposing, festering, going bad, going off
    putrefactive, putrefacient
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Origin

Mid 18th century: from Latin putrescent- beginning to go rotten inceptive of putrere to rot (see putrid).

Pronunciation:

putrescent

/ˌpyo͞oˈtres(ə)nt/