putrefy


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putrefy

 [pu´trĕ-fi]
to undergo putrefaction.

pu·tre·fy

(pyū'trĕ-fī),
To cause to become, or to become, putrid.

putrefy

(pyo͞o′trə-fī′)
intr. & tr.v. putre·fied, putre·fying, putre·fies
To decay or cause to decay and have a foul odor.

putrefy

[pyo̅o̅′trəfī]
Etymology: L, puter, rotten, facere, to make
to decay, with the production of foul-smelling substances, especially putrescine and mercaptans associated with the decomposition of animal tissues and proteins.

pu·tre·fy

(pyū'trĕ-fī)
To cause to become, or to become, putrid.

putrefy

to undergo putrefaction.
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The excruciating exit can take hours to weeks; the locals know not to pull too hard to try to hurry the worm along, because broken ones can putrefy or petrify inside the body.
The anaerobic bacteria feed on, and putrefy the proteins in these materials, forming hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan, the two offensive gases primarily responsible for causing bad breath.
Anaerobes decompose the protein in these materials which putrefy and form molecules of hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan, two noxious sulfurous gases that are the prime cause of offensive breath odor.