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[muh-fit-ik] /məˈfɪt ɪk/
offensive to the smell.
noxious; pestilential; poisonous.
Origin of mephitic
From the Late Latin word mephīticus, dating back to 1615-25. See mephitis, -ic
Related forms
mephitically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Slimy and damp it was, with a mephitic smell and ugly pools of water settled in the ancient road-bed.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • First one and then another endeavoured to ascend, but with a strength unequal to the task, they fell back into the mephitic abyss.

  • A mephitic heat like a whiff of air from hell came out of that dark place in which they were confined.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The air was full of a deafening roar, hysterical shouts, and mephitic curses.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • Its mephitic influence in society is too palpable to be overlooked.

  • Over their tops rise faint wreaths of yellowish clouds and the mephitic odor becomes more pronounced.

    Mr. Fortescue William Westall
  • But the heat and mephitic vapors of his native isle revenged him.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • A sluggish stream filled the city with stagnant water from which mephitic vapors arose.

  • The injection of mephitic air into the intestines, under these circumstances, bids fair to be highly serviceable.

  • And Lenny did not wholly escape from the mephitic portions of the motley elements from which his awakening mind drew its nurture.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for mephitic


poisonous; foul
foul-smelling; putrid
Derived Forms
mephitically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin mephīticus pestilential
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Word Origin and History for mephitic

1620s, "of poisonous smell," from Late Latin mephiticus, from Latin mephitis, mefitis "noxious vapor" (also personified as a goddess believed to have the power to avert it).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mephitic in Medicine

mephitic me·phit·ic (mə-fĭt'ĭk)
Having a foul odor; foul-smelling.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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