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effluvium

noun ef·flu·vi·um \e-ˈflü-vē-əm\
plural ef·flu·via also ef·flu·vi·ums

Definition of EFFLUVIUM

1
:  an invisible emanation; especially :  an offensive exhalation or smell
2
:  a by-product especially in the form of waste

Variants of EFFLUVIUM

ef·flu·vi·um also ef·flu·via \-vē-ə\
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Examples of EFFLUVIUM

  1. <the effluvia from local sewage treatment plants polluting the river>

Origin of EFFLUVIUM

Latin effluvium act of flowing out, from effluere
First Known Use: 1651

Rhymes with EFFLUVIUM

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effluvium

noun ef·flu·vi·um \e-ˈflü-vē-əm\
plural -via \-vē-ə\ or ef·flu·vi·ums

Medical Definition of EFFLUVIUM

:  an invisible emanation; especially :  an offensive exhalation or smell—the form effluvia often used with a singular verb

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