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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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.
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.
Rigor mortis, bloating, and adipocere were observed in the buried pig corpse.
The so-called Soap Lady is largely made of adipocere, a waxy soap-like substance that is produced when body fat undergoes an unusual process called saponification.