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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Wilson presented an example of saponification when, with her glove-covered hand, she pulled off layers of adipocere and reminded everyone that "We are what we eat.
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.
Adipocere often forms in cool, moist environments when chemical reactions crosslink fat molecules in a body, which makes them into a soap.