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Definition of putrefaction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

putrefaction

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌpyutrəˈfækʃn//
 
[uncountable] (formal)
 
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the process of decaying, especially that of a dead body The smell was awful. Putrefaction had already set in.
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