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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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  1. 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

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

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fetor in Medicine


[fētər, -tôr′]
  1. A very offensive odor.
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