[ ih-floo-vee-uhm ]
/ ɪˈflu vi əm /
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noun, plural ef·flu·vi·a [ih-floo-vee-uh], /ɪˈflu vi ə/, ef·flu·vi·ums.
a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, especially one that is disagreeable or noxious.
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Origin of effluvium
OTHER WORDS FROM effluviumef·flu·vi·al, adjective
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How to use effluvium in a sentence
As an Ebola patient slips from bad to worse to dire, he can expel as many as two and a half gallons of effluvia a day.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers|Michael Daly|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several instances have come under my observation which justify the assertion that the disease cannot be propagated by effluvia.
Of the offensive nature of animal effluvia, the senses of every one who enters a crowded assembly, must immediately convince him.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
The perfume of Paris and the effluvia of death intermingled are sufficient to breed a pestilence!The Sorrows of Satan|Marie Corelli
The fresh air has the power of removing much of the noxious effluvia received from the body by the clothing.A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
It was a dusky night, I could not prevent his being assailed by the evening effluvia of Edinburgh.Rowlandson the Caricaturist. First Volume|Joseph Grego
British Dictionary definitions for effluvium
/ (ɛˈfluːvɪəm) /
noun plural -via (-vɪə) or -viums
an unpleasant smell or exhalation, as of gaseous waste or decaying matter
Derived forms of effluviumeffluvial, adjective
Word Origin for effluvium
C17: from Latin: a flowing out; see effluent
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