From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Putrid \Pu"trid\, a. [L. putridus, fr. putrere to be rotten, fr.
   puter, or putris, rotten, fr. putere to stink, to be rotten:
   cf. F. putride. See Pus, Foul, a.]
   1. Tending to decomposition or decay; decomposed; rotten; --
      said of animal or vegetable matter; as, putrid flesh. See
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   2. Indicating or proceeding from a decayed state of animal or
      vegetable matter; as, a putrid smell.
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   Putrid fever (Med.), typhus fever; -- so called from the
      decomposing and offensive state of the discharges and
      diseased textures of the body.

   Putrid sore throat (Med.), a gangrenous inflammation of the
      fauces and pharynx.
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