mephitic

[ muh-fit-ik ]
/ məˈfɪt ɪk /

adjective

offensive to the smell.
noxious; pestilential; poisonous.

Nearby words

  1. mepacrine,
  2. meperidine,
  3. mephibosheth,
  4. mephisto,
  5. mephistopheles,
  6. mephitis,
  7. mepivacaine hydrochloride,
  8. meprobamate,
  9. meq,
  10. mequon

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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British Dictionary definitions for mephitic

mephitic

mephitical

/ (mɪˈfɪtɪk) /

adjective

poisonous; foul
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

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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Medicine definitions for mephitic

mephitic

[ mə-fĭtĭk ]

adj.

Having a foul odor; foul-smelling.

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