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The putrefaction (synonym Putreszenz , Putrefizierung ) referred to in the pathology of a sign of death of a corpse after death occurs .


Putrefection is the beginning of putrefaction and is characterized by discoloration, a change in odor and liquefaction. It occurs through autolysis as well as degradation due to bacteria and yeast . If there is a lack of oxygen, decomposition takes place via putrefaction , putrefection is slowed down, and adipocytes can develop from adipose tissue (in so-called wax corpses ). At higher temperatures, the putrefection is accelerated. Higher salt concentrations slow down putrefection.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c Marcella H. Sorg: Forensic Taphonomy. CRC Press, 1996, ISBN 978-1-439-82192-3 , p. 521.
  2. PV Guharaj: Forensic Medicine. Orient Blackswan, 2003, ISBN 978-8-125-02488-0 , p. 69.