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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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Examples from the Web for mephitic
Historical Examples
  • The insect braves with impunity the strongest odours and mephitic miasmas.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Was the embryo ripe, that the womb had become its mephitic prison?

  • The warm, sluggish air lay about him, mephitic in its touch.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • But the heat and mephitic vapors of his native isle revenged him.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Its mephitic influence in society is too palpable to be overlooked.

  • My own nostrils were filled by a low fetid odour, mephitic and abominable.

    The Last Galley Arthur Conan Doyle
  • First one and then another endeavoured to ascend, but with a strength unequal to the task, they fell back into the mephitic abyss.

  • He was brought from a nasty jail, where mephitic filth was supreme, to this place where brutal men are supreme in their cruelty.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • Lewis got half way down when a rank waft of acrid and mephitic air met him and half-choked him.

    A Dream of the North Sea

    James Runciman
  • The air was full of a deafening roar, hysterical shouts, and mephitic curses.

    The Russian Turmoil

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin
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
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