adipocere


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adipocere

[′ad·ə·pə‚sir]
(medicine)
A light-colored, waxy material formed by postmortem conversion of body fats to higher fatty acids.
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In the present study Putrefaction, Mummification, Adipocere formation and Skeletonization (Incomplete) were noted.
The production of adipocere is just one aspect of autolysis, the self-digestion of the body by bacteria in our gut that happily took care of the food we ate but are just as happy consuming our own tissue once we stop eating.
Additionally, a body that was in place during warm conditions and later subjected to sustained colder conditions (such as occurs when fall transitions to winter) can undergo saponification--the process by which body fat is converted to adipocere, a waxy-like substance.
The butter has turned white and transformed into adipocere, a water-proof substance made mainly of fatty acids, found on well-preserved bodies found in bogs.
Adipocere refers to a fatty wax substance that forms on bodies either submerged in water or buried in damp conditions without oxygen and air.
That body cavity was surrounded by a thick layer of adipocere, a hard, grainy substance commonly known as grave wax.
Rigor mortis, bloating, and adipocere were observed in the buried pig corpse.