adipocere


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ad·i·po·cere

(ad'i-pō-sēr),
A fatty substance of waxy consistency derived from dead animal tissues (for example, a corpse) that forms in anerobic conditions.
Synonym(s): grave wax, lipocere
[adipo- + L. cera, wax]

adipocere

/ad·i·po·cere/ (ad´ĭ-po-sēr″) a waxy substance formed during decomposition of dead animal bodies, consisting mainly of insoluble salts of fatty acids.adipocer´atous

adipocere

(ăd′ə-pō-sîr′)
n.
A brown, fatty, waxlike substance that forms on dead animal tissues in response to moisture.

Adipocere

A form of decomposition in which subcutaneous tissue is converted to a hardened cast of waxy/greasy fat, which is seen in unembalmed bodies entombed a year or more in cold wet ground—or cold acidic water. Moisture is often present at the onset and initially some warmth. The process may be triggered by Clostridium perfringens which, as producers of lecithinase, facilitate hydrolysis and hydrogenation.

ad·i·po·cere

(ad'i-pō-sēr)
A fatty substance of waxy consistency into which dead animal tissues (e.g., those of a corpse) are sometimes converted when kept from the air under certain conditions of temperature.
Synonym(s): lipocere.
[adipo- + L. cera, wax]

adipocere

A wax-like substance, consisting mainly of fatty acids, into which the soft tissues of a dead body, buried in moist earth, are converted.
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Rigor mortis, bloating, and adipocere were observed in the buried pig corpse.
The so-called Soap Lady is largely made of adipocere, a waxy soap-like substance that is produced when body fat undergoes an unusual process called saponification.
It's called adipocere and is the result of a chemical reaction.
Processes such as the conversion of fat to adipocere have been covered in the forensic, geochemical, microbiological and archaeological literature (den Dooren de Jong 1961; Bergmann 1963; Takatori & Yamaoka 1977a; 1977b; Cotton et al.