mal·​odor | \ ˌmal-ˈō-dər How to pronounce malodor (audio) \

Definition of malodor

: an offensive odor

Examples of malodor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people who rapidly transitioned from aluminum-containing antiperspirant to natural deodorant have noted unpleasant results on social media, including malodor, significant sweating and irritation of the underarm area. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 Aversive smells, too, can be linked to particular receptors, and malodor has lately been a major subject of inquiry for Firmenich. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Next time malodor strikes, thank your nose and brain for working together to gross you out. Popular Science, 18 Sep. 2020 Most odors are actually combinations of odors, and elements that smell good in one scent can be perceived as a revolting malodor in the right context. Popular Science, 18 Sep. 2020 There are also several tricks for mitigating the malodor from the beginning of the cooking. Paul Stephen,, 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of malodor

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Malodor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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