a condition of having offensive-smelling breath; bad breath.

Origin of halitosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1870–75; see origin at halitus, -osis
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Contemporary Examples of halitosis

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British Dictionary definitions for halitosis



the state or condition of having bad breath

Word Origin for halitosis

C19: New Latin, from Latin hālitus breath, from hālāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for halitosis

"bad breath," 1874, coined from Latin halitus "breath," related to halare "to breathe" + Greek-based noun suffix -osis.

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halitosis in Medicine




The condition of having foul-smelling breath.fetor ex ore
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