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rancidity (rænˈsɪdɪtɪ)  or rancidness



  1. the quality of being rancid

rancid (ˈrænsɪd Pronunciation for rancid



  1. (of butter, bacon, etc) having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition
  2. (of a taste or smell) rank or sour; stale

Derived Forms

rancidity (rænˈsɪdɪtɪ Pronunciation for rancidity , ˈrancidness noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin rancidus rank, from rancēre to stink

Example Sentences Including 'rancidity'

The processed food industry's answer to the rancidity problem was to bombard polyunsaturated oils with hydrogen atoms.
Dr. John R. Lee, Dr. David Zava and Virginia Hopkins WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT BREAST CANCER: How hormone balance may save your life


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