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effluvium

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noun ef·flu·vi·um \e-ˈflü-vē-əm\

Definition of effluvium

plural ef·flu·via also ef·flu·vi·ums

  1. 1 :  an invisible emanation; especially :  an offensive exhalation or smell

  2. 2 :  a by-product especially in the form of waste



Examples of effluvium

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



Variants of effluvium

also ef·flu·via play \-vē-ə\

Origin of effluvium

Latin effluvium act of flowing out, from effluere


First Known Use: 1651

Rhymes with effluvium


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effluvium

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noun ef·flu·vi·um \e-ˈflü-vē-əm\

Medical Definition of effluvium

plural -via \-vē-ə\play or ef·flu·vi·ums

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




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