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putrescence

 [pu-tres´ens]
the condition of undergoing putrefaction. adj., adj putres´cent.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pu·tres·cence

(pyū-tres'ĕnts),
The state of putrefaction.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

putrescence

(pyo͞o-trĕs′əns)
n.
1. A putrescent character or condition.
2. Putrid matter.
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pu·tres·cence

(pyū-tres'ĕns)
The state of putrefaction.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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