adverb see miasma

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • miasma — noun (plural mas; also miasmata) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, defilement, from miainein to pollute Date: 1665 1. a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere < a miasma of tobacco… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • miasma — [mɪ azmə, mʌɪ ] noun (plural miasmas) literary 1》 an unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapour. 2》 an oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere. Derivatives miasmal adjective miasmatic adjective mias …   English new terms dictionary

  • miasma — n. (pl. miasmata or miasmas) archaic an infectious or noxious vapour. Derivatives: miasmal adj. miasmatic adj. miasmic adj. miasmically adv. Etymology: Gk, = defilement, f. miaino pollute …   Useful english dictionary

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