Miasmata
Miasma Mi*as"ma, n.; pl. {Miasmata}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? defilement, fr. ? to pollute.] Infectious particles or germs floating in the air; air made noxious by the presence of such particles or germs; noxious effluvia; malaria. [1913 Webster]

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