or foet·id

[fet-id, fee-tid]
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Origin of fetid

1590–1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
Related formsfet·id·ly, adverbfet·id·ness, fe·tid·i·ty, noun

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  1. having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
Derived Formsfetidly or foetidly, adverbfetidness or foetidness, noun

Word Origin for fetid

C16: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke
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Word Origin and History for fetid

early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking," from fetere "have a bad smell, stink." Perhaps connected with fimus "dung," or with fumus "smoke."

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fetid in Medicine


[fĕtĭd, fētĭd]
  1. Having an offensive odor.
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