effluvium

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noun ef·flu·vi·um \e-ˈflü-vē-əm\

Definition of effluvium

plural

effluvia

also

effluviums

  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 in a sentence

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

Variants of effluvium

less commonly

effluvia

play \-vē-ə\

Origin and Etymology of effluvium

Latin effluvium act of flowing out, from effluere


First Known Use: 1651


Medical Dictionary

effluvium

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noun ef·flu·vi·um \e-ˈflü-vē-əm\

Medical Definition of effluvium

plural

effluvia

\-vē-ə\play or

effluviums

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


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