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1. Tending to decomposition or decay; decomposed; rotten; said of animal or vegetable matter; as, putrid flesh. See putrefaction.

2. Indicating or proceeding from a decayed state of animal or vegetable matter; as, a putrid smell.

(Science: medicine) Putrid fever, a gangrenous inflammation of the fauces and pharynx.

Origin: L. Putridus, fr. Putrere to be rotten, fr.puter, or putris, rotten, fr. Putere to stink, to be rotten: cf. F. Putride. See Pus, Foul.