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INFANTICIDE, med. juris. The murder of a new born infant, Dalloz, Dict. Homicide, Sec. 4; Code Penal, 300. There is a difference between this offence and those known by the name of prolicide, (q.v.) and foeticide. (q.v.)
     2. To commit infanticide the child must be wholly born; it is not. Sufficient that it was born so far as the head and breathed, if it died before it was wholly born. 5 Carr. & Payn. 329; 24 Eng. C. L. Rep. 344; S. C. 6 Carr: & Payn. 349; S. C. 25 Eng. C. L. Rep. 433.
     3. When this crime is to be proved from circumstances, it is proper to consider whether the child had attained that size and maturity by which it would have been enabled to maintain an independent existence; whether it was born alive; and, if born alive, by what means it came to its death. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 331 to 428, where these several questions are learnedly considered. See also 1 Briand, Med Leg. prem. part. c. 8 Cooper's Med. Jur. h.t. Vide Ryan's Med. Jur. 137; Med. Jur. 145, 194; Dr. Cummin's Proof of Infanticide considered Lecieux, Considerations Medico-legales sur l'Infanticide; Duvergie, Medicine Legale, art. Infanticide.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It was described by the French naturalist Henri Mouhot as tasting on first bite like 'the flesh of some animal in a state of putrefaction.
And we wake up to endless years of suffocation from their putrefaction.
This is necessary for processing hides before getting putrefaction which entirely damages the raw hides.
Subsidiairement, son interet portera sur la qualite de la viande qu'il a achetee sur pied, nourri par la crainte de la fievre aphteuse et les risques de sa putrefaction subite.
T he wind also carries waste, dust and gases caused by decomposition, adding that putrefaction of waste in sunlight during daytime results in bad smells and reduced visibility, said Muneer.
Putrefaction was noted in 6 bodies, mummification in 2 bodies, adipocere formation in 3 cases and skeletonization (Incomplete) in 6 corpses.
It is a foul-smelling diamine compound produced by the putrefaction of animal tissue.
With their faces made up in lurid colors that match the gaudy decor, the figures remain indifferent to the putrefaction that is so vivid to their viewers.
The wind also carries waste, dust and gases caused by decomposition and said and added that putrefaction of waste in sunlight during daytime results in bad smells and reduced visibility, added.
The basic five stages of decomposition are - fresh, putrefaction, fermentation, dry/decay and skeletonisation.
The primary reasoning is that the catabolic process being used for degradation of food substances is putrefaction, also known as proteolytic.