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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-uh-poh-seer]
    • /ˈæd ə poʊˌsɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-uh-poh-seer]
    • /ˈæd ə poʊˌsɪər/

Definitions of adipocere word

  • noun adipocere a waxlike fatty substance formed during the decomposition of corpses 3
  • noun adipocere a fatty or waxy substance produced in decomposing dead bodies exposed to moisture 3
  • noun adipocere a waxy substance produced by the decomposition of dead animal bodies in moist burial places or under water. 1
  • noun adipocere A grayish waxy substance formed by the decomposition of soft tissue in dead bodies subjected to moisture. 1
  • noun adipocere A brown, fatty, waxy substance (fatty acids) that forms on dead animal tissues in response to hydrolysis. 0

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Origin of adipocere

First appearance:

before 1795
One of the 43% newest English words
1795-1805; < French adipocire, equivalent to adipo- adipo- + cire wax < Latin cēra; English e by association with cēra; cf. cere2

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adipocere popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for adipocere

adj adipocere

  • adipose — of, resembling, or containing fat; fatty

Top questions with adipocere

  • what is adipocere?

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