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Noun: putrefaction  ,pyoo-tru'fak-shun
  1. A state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odour
    - rot
     
  2. (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
    - decomposition, rot, rotting, biodegradation
     
  3. Moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
    "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction";
    - corruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity

Derived forms: putrefactions

Type of: decay, immorality

Encyclopedia: Putrefaction