effluvium

noun ef·flu·vi·um \ e-ˈflü-vē-əm \
variants: or less commonly effluvia play \e-ˈflü-vē-ə\
Updated on: 31 Dec 2017

Definition of effluvium

plural -via 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

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

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Origin and Etymology of effluvium

Latin effluvium act of flowing out, from effluere


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effluvium

noun ef·flu·vi·um \ e-ˈflü-vē-əm \

medical Definition of effluvium

plural -via play \-vē-ə\ or effluviums
: an invisible emanation; especially : an offensive exhalation or smell the form effluvia often used with a singular verb

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