[ muh-fahy-tis ]
/ məˈfaɪ tɪs /


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

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. 2020

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Medical definitions for mephitis

[ mə-fītĭs ]


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