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miasma

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noun mi·as·ma \mī-ˈaz-mə, mē-\

Simple Definition of miasma

  • : a heavy cloud of something unpleasant or unhealthy

Full Definition of miasma

plural mi·as·mas also mi·as·ma·taplay play \-mə-tə\

  1. 1 :  a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also :  a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere <a miasma of tobacco smoke>

  2. 2 :  an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt <freed from the miasma of poverty — Sir Arthur Bryant>; also :  an atmosphere that obscures :  fog

mi·as·mal play \-məl\ adjective
mi·as·mat·ic play \ˌmī-əz-ˈma-tik\ adjective
mi·as·mic play \mī-ˈaz-mik, mē-\ adjective
mi·as·mi·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of miasma

New Latin, from Greek, defilement, from miainein to pollute


First Known Use: 1665

Rhymes with miasma


Medical Dictionary

miasma

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noun mi·as·ma \mī-ˈaz-mə, mē-\

Medical Definition of miasma

plural mi·as·mas also mi·as·ma·ta \-mət-ə\play

  1. :  a vaporous exhalation (as of a marshy region or of putrescent matter) formerly believed to cause disease (as malaria)

  2. mi·as·mal \-məl\play adjective
    mi·as·mat·ic \ˌmī-əz-ˈmat-ik\play adjective
    mi·as·mic \mī-ˈaz-mik, mē-\play play adjective





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