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pu·tre·fac·tion

n 1  :  the decomposition of organic matter : esp  :  the typically anaerobic splitting of proteins by bacteria and fungi with the formation of foul-smelling incompletely oxidized products  2  :  the state of being putrefied .
 
 
 
Similar sounding terms:  pet·ri·fac·tion  pet·ri·fi·ca·tion 

 
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