[ muh-fahy-tis ]
/ məˈfaɪ tɪs /


(in nontechnical use) a noxious or pestilential exhalation from the earth, as poison gas.
any noisome or poisonous stench.

Nearby words

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

Origin of mephitis

1700–10; < Latin mephītis, mefītis; compare Oscan Mefit(eí) the goddess of such exhalations Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for mephitis


[ mə-fītĭs ]


An offensive smell; a stench.
A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.

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