mal·​odor ˌmal-ˈō-dər How to pronounce malodor (audio)
: an offensive odor

Examples of malodor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The panel was assembled to determine changes in oral malodor resulting from dietary manipulation. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2014 The malodor of halitosis usually results from the bacterial breakdown of amino acids in food debris, saliva, blood, and postnasal drip in the oral cavity. H Lee Kagan, Discover Magazine, 13 Mar. 2011 Oral malodor and related factors in Japanese senior high school students. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2014 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of malodor was in 1825

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“Malodor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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