halitosis

noun
hal·​i·​to·​sis | \ˌha-lə-ˈtō-səs \

Definition of halitosis 

: a condition of having fetid breath

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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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halitosis

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English Language Learners Definition of halitosis

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

halitosis

noun
hal·​i·​to·​sis | \ˌhal-ə-ˈtō-səs \
plural halitoses\ -​ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of halitosis 

: a condition of having fetid breath

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