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foetor

[fee-ter]
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noun
  1. fetor.
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fetor

or foe·tor

[fee-ter]
noun
  1. a strong, offensive smell; stench.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The "Foetor Judaiicus" must be noticeable also to have deserved the term.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

    Thomas Carson

  • Some had foetor of the breath as an early symptom, but others had it not.

  • He adds, from some other source of information, that children had generally clammy sweats upon them, with foetor of the breath.


British Dictionary definitions for foetor

foetor

noun
  1. a variant spelling of fetor
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fetor

foetor

noun
  1. an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin, from fētēre to stink
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Word Origin and History for foetor

fetor

n.

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

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foetor in Medicine

fetor

(fētər, -tôr′)
n.
  1. A very offensive odor.
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