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effluvium

[ 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

1640–50; <Latin, equivalent to ef-ef- + fluv-, base of fluere to flow (see effluent) + -ium-ium

OTHER WORDS FROM effluvium

ef·flu·vi·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for effluvium

effluvium
/ (ɛˈfluːvɪəm) /

noun plural -via (-vɪə) or -viums
an unpleasant smell or exhalation, as of gaseous waste or decaying matter

Derived forms of effluvium

effluvial, adjective

Word Origin for effluvium

C17: from Latin: a flowing out; see effluent
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Medical definitions for effluvium

effluvium
[ ĭ-flōōvē-əm ]

n. pl. ef•flu•vi•ums
A shedding, especially of hair.
An exhalation, especially one of bad odor or injurious influence. No longer in technical use.
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