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putrefaction

pu·tre·fac·tion

putrefaction

 
pronunciation:
pyu tr faek shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of rotting or decomposing.
Heat had increased the rate of putrefaction, so identification of the body would be more difficult.
similar words:
decay, rot
definition 2: the fact or condition of being rotted or putrid.
similar words:
rot
derivation: putrefactive (adj.)