- a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, especially one that is disagreeable or noxious.
Origin of effluvium
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Examples from the Web for effluvia
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
October 17, 2014
That trace of effluvia which in force could sicken a Terran, was his guide.Storm Over Warlock
The streets and alleys reeked with the effluvia of a slave ship's between-decks.Looking Backward
I tell you, Kerr, added she, the effluvia from your shop is insupportable.
Zoz perfume, now so close to him, made him feel dizzy with its effluvia.Two banks of the Seine
The communication of disease, either by personal contact with the sick or by means of effluvia arising from their bodies.
- an unpleasant smell or exhalation, as of gaseous waste or decaying matter
C17: from Latin: a flowing out; see effluent
Word Origin and History for effluvia
Latin plural of effluvium.
1640s, from Latin effluvium "a flowing out," from effluere (see effluence).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A shedding, especially of hair.
- An exhalation, especially one of bad odor or injurious influence. No longer in technical use.
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