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[hal-i-tuh s]
noun, plural hal·i·tus·es.
  1. breath; exhalation; vapor.
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Origin of halitus

1655–65; < Latin, equivalent to hāl(āre) to breathe, exhale + -itus suffix of v. action (probably by analogy with spīritus spirit)
Related formsha·lit·u·os·i·ty [huh-lich-oo-os-i-tee] /həˌlɪtʃ uˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounha·lit·u·ous [huh-lich-oo-uh s] /həˈlɪtʃ u əs/, adjective
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Historical Examples of halitus

  • Of the eagles, the most widespread and commonest is the bald eagle (Halitus leucocephalus).

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • The bald eagles (Halitus leucocephalus) were very plentiful and there were several nests built in the vicinity.

halitus in Medicine


  1. An exhalation, as of a breath or vapor.
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