hal·​i·​to·​sis | \ ˌha-lə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce halitosis (audio) \

Definition of halitosis

: a condition of having fetid breath

Examples of halitosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means you -- and all those sheltering closely around you -- are victims of halitosis. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bad breath behind that coronavirus mask? 10 reasons -- and remedies -- for your halitosis," 5 May 2020 The classic dog treats clean teeth and freshen breath, and come with 12 vitamins and minerals to help keep your dog healthy and halitosis free. Ryan Craggs, Houston Chronicle, "Amazon's best-selling pet supplies and accessories," 6 Apr. 2020 The halitosis campaign capitalized on several wider trends of the time. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breath," 13 Feb. 2017 Her swashbuckling father, Gerard Lambert, was a marketing genius who popularized his father Jordan's creation, Listerine, with a campaign focusing on the embarrassment of halitosis. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "Inside the Auction of the Decade," 27 Oct. 2014 To Archer, the tooth’s form also suggests that the creature would have been safe from bad breath: Their distinct shape would have effectively cleared out rotting food particles that can cause halitosis. Peter Schouten, National Geographic, "This Marsupial Lion Was the Size of a Squirrel," 16 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of halitosis

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halitosis

New Latin, from Latin halitus breath, from halare to breathe — more at exhale

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The first known use of halitosis was in 1874

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20 May 2020

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“Halitosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halitosis. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of halitosis

medical : the condition of having breath that smells bad : bad breath


hal·​i·​to·​sis | \ ˌhal-ə-ˈtō-səs How to pronounce halitosis (audio) \
plural halitoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce halitoses (audio) \

Medical Definition of halitosis

: a condition of having fetid breath

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