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[hal-i-toh-sis] /ˌhæl ɪˈtoʊ sɪs/
a condition of having offensive-smelling breath; bad breath.
Origin of halitosis
1870-75; < New Latin; see halitus, -osis Unabridged
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  • Didn't suffer from halitosis or social anxiety disorder.
  • Rose had smelt his breath and discerned only a chronic and lingering halitosis.
  • The inflammation never recedes, but halitosis and acute episodes can be managed by conventional cleaning treatments.
  • Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics.
  • But millions of people are willing to risk halitosis, or worse long-range health effects, to get rid of their obesity.
British Dictionary definitions for halitosis


the state or condition of having bad breath
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin hālitus breath, from hālāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for halitosis

"bad breath," 1874, coined from Latin halitus "breath," related to halare "to breathe" + Greek-based noun suffix -osis.

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halitosis in Medicine

halitosis hal·i·to·sis (hāl'ĭ-tō'sĭs)
The condition of having foul-smelling breath. Also called fetor ex ore.

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