effluvium

noun

ef·​flu·​vi·​um e-ˈflü-vē-əm How to pronounce effluvium (audio)
variants or less commonly effluvia
plural effluvia also effluviums
1
: an invisible emanation
especially : an offensive exhalation or smell
2
: a by-product especially in the form of waste

Examples of effluvium in a Sentence

the effluvia from local sewage treatment plants polluting the river
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Word History

Etymology

Latin effluvium act of flowing out, from effluere

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of effluvium was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Effluvium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effluvium. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

effluvium

noun
ef·​flu·​vi·​um e-ˈflü-vē-əm How to pronounce effluvium (audio)
plural effluvia -vē-ə How to pronounce effluvium (audio) or effluviums
: an invisible emanation
especially : an offensive exhalation or smell
the form effluvia often used with a singular verb

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