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Coined between 1350 and 1400 from Middle English putrefaccioun from Late Latin putrefactiō, putrefactiōn-, from putrefactus, past participle of Latin infinitive putrefacere [[Category:Template:lang:la words needing attention]] (to putrefy) and -ion
- IPA: /ˌpyutrəˈfækʃən/
- the act of causing to rot; the anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of malodorous, incompletely oxidized products
- rotted material
- the state of being rotted
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