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mephitis

[muh-fahy-tis] /məˈfaɪ tɪs/
noun
1.
(in nontechnical use) a noxious or pestilential exhalation from the earth, as poison gas.
2.
any noisome or poisonous stench.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin mephītis, mefītis; compare Oscan Mefit() the goddess of such exhalations
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mephitis in Medicine

mephitis me·phi·tis (mə-fī'tĭs)
n.

  1. An offensive smell; a stench.

  2. A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.

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