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mi·as·ma

 (mī-ăz′mə, mē-)
n. pl. mi·as·mas or mi·as·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
1. A noxious atmosphere or influence: "The family affection, the family expectations, seemed to permeate the atmosphere ... like a coiling miasma" (Louis Auchincloss).
2.
a. A foul-smelling vapor arising from rotting organic matter, formerly thought to cause disease.
b. A thick vaporous atmosphere or emanation: wreathed in a miasma of cigarette smoke.

[Greek, pollution, stain, from miainein, to pollute.]

mi·as′mal, mi′as·mat′ic (mī′əz-măt′ĭk), mi·as′mic (-mĭk) adj.
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But now it was night, and all the miasmatic ravine about me was black; and beyond, instead of a green, sunlit slope, I saw a red fire, before which hunched, grotesque figures moved to and fro.
Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay and a heavy miasmatic vapour onto our faces, while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet.
Morrison reminds us that after an acute illness responds to homeopathy and then more chronic symptoms reappear, it is important to look for an underlying, miasmatic remedy.
2) The semantic development 'burnt smell, fumes, stink '>'plague, epidemic' can be understood in context of the so-called miasmatic theory, i.
According to miasmatic theory, plague patients were contaminated by the most dangerous type of miasma; air of the room also was contaminated by it (6).
He explains the process by which Snow theorized that "bad airs" could not be the true cause of the disease and how Snow's argument ultimately led to the eventual dispelling of miasmatic theory.
Thus, mental disorder was treated on the basis of whatever physical illness was thought to underlie the mind's distress; physical illness was itself attributed to causes of constitutional delicacy, peccant humors, and miasmatic exposure, with Humorism providing the model for treatment (Waller 9-11).
Less explicitly topical than Inventory's brave and electrifying assessment of the miasmatic new century, Ossuaries crosses diverse times and spaces to portray a world riven by violence perpetrated on grand and minute scales: "some damage I had expected, but no one / expects the violence of glances, of offices, / of walkways and train stations, of bathroom mirrors.
Echoing policies of the British leaders, who believed in the miasmatic theory that foul-smelling places caused disease, Colborne voiced concerns that the proposed temporary hospital was located in a highly unsanitary section of York.
Sir, the amount of standing water, unpoliced grounds, of foul sinks, of unventilated and crowded barracks, of general disorder, or soil reeking miasmatic accretions, of rotten bones and emptying of camp kettles, is enough to drive a sanitarian to despair.
As he undertakes this process of cultural colonization he fails to recognize one of the dangers of colonial intervention--the accumulated miasmatic dust of ancestral disease against which he has no natural immunity.
It begins with a short discussion of early nineteenth century miasmatic theories about 'bad air', and the role of sulphurous coal smoke--not yet viewed as pollution according to Thorsheim--as a 'disinfectant' that protected against airborne impurities.