mephitic

[muh-fit-ik]
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Origin of mephitic

From the Late Latin word mephīticus, dating back to 1615–25. See mephitis, -ic
Related formsme·phit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for mephitic

foul, offensive, poisonous, smelly, stinking

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British Dictionary definitions for mephitic

mephitic

mephitical

adjective
  1. poisonous; foul
  2. foul-smelling; putrid
Derived Formsmephitically, adverb

Word Origin for mephitic

C17: from Late Latin mephīticus pestilential
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Word Origin and History for mephitic
adj.

1620s, "of poisonous smell," from Late Latin mephiticus, from Latin mephitis, mefitis "noxious vapor" (also personified as a goddess believed to have the power to avert it).

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mephitic in Medicine

mephitic

[mə-fĭtĭk]
adj.
  1. Having a foul odor; foul-smelling.
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