Adipocere

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Adipocere A soft, unctuous, or waxy substance, of a light brown color, into which the fat and muscle tissue of dead bodies sometimes are converted, by long immersion in water or by burial in moist places. It is a result of fatty degeneration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n adipocere A soft unctuous or waxy substance, of a light-brown color, produced by the decomposition of animal matter when protected from the air, and under certain conditions of temperature and humidity. It consists chiefly of ammonium margarate, with an admixture of the margarates of potassium and calcium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Adipocere ad′i-pō-sēr a fatty, waxy substance resulting from the decomposition of animal bodies in moist places or under water, but not exposed to air.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adeps, adipis, fat + cera, wax: cf. F. adipocere,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. adeps, adipis, soft fat, and cera, wax.

Usage

In literature:

The autopsy on the exhumed body of Perrotte Mace was inconclusive, owing to the condition of adipocere.
"She Stands Accused" by Victor MacClure
ADIPOCERE, a fatty, spermaceti-like substance, produced by the decomposition of animal matter in moist places.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The brain was considerable in quantity, but changed to a state of adipocere resembling ointment of a dark brown hue.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
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