fetor

or foe·tor

[fee-ter]

noun

a strong, offensive smell; stench.

Nearby words

  1. fetology,
  2. fetometry,
  3. fetopathy,
  4. fetoplacental,
  5. fetoprotein,
  6. fetor ex ore,
  7. fetor hepaticus,
  8. fetoscope,
  9. fetoscopic,
  10. fetoscopist

Origin of fetor

1475–1500; < Latin, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -or -or1; replacing earlier fetour < Middle French < Latin fētōr-, stem of fētor

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British Dictionary definitions for fetor

fetor

foetor

noun

an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench

Word Origin for fetor

C15: from Latin, from fētēre to stink

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Word Origin and History for fetor

fetor

n.

"offensive smell," mid-15c., from Latin fetor, foetor, from fetere (see fetid).

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Medicine definitions for fetor

fetor

[fētər, -tôr′]

n.

A very offensive odor.

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