noun, plural mi·as·mas, mi·as·ma·ta [mahy-az-muh-tuh, mee-] /maɪˈæz mə tə, mi-/.
- miaskovsky, nikolai yakovlevich,
Origin of miasma
Examples from the Web for miasmata
The miasmata of an apartment, to be strong enough to become contagious, must arrive at a certain degree of concentration.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Creighton
A film of foreign substance on the skin will inevitably become the seat of detention of miasmata and infectious vapors.
It thus aids in maintaining the balance of life, and cleanses the swamps of miasmata, thus purifying the air we breathe.Our Common Insects|Alpheus Spring Packard
The action of miasmata, suggested by Lankester, is as obscure in the effects produced upon plants as in those upon animals.American Pomology|J. A. Warder
He also carried a large jar full of chlorine water, to keep off all miasmata.Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert
noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas
Word Origin for miasma
1660s, from Modern Latin miasma "noxious vapors," from Greek miasma (genitive miasmatos) "stain, pollution, defilement, taint of guilt," from stem of miainein "to pollute," from possible PIE root *mai- "to stain, soil, defile" (cf. Old English mal "stain, mark," see mole (n.1)). Earlier form was miasm (1640s), from French miasme. Related: Miasmatic; miasmal.