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 (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).
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.
In many happy cases--humoristic medicine, miasmatic theories of disease, bloodletting, and animal magnetism--science has swept away theories that were well established despite being nonsense.
Some other embryonal neoplasms are less well defined, particularly those constituting the miasmatic category of "CNS-primitive neuroectodermal tumors.
Sawyer, wrote of the proposed school site, "That the portion of the city chosen is, and has been more subject to miasmatic and symotic (sic) disease, especially among children than any other offered, or that could be selected.
Intrauterine toxicity, environmental, epigenetic poisoning, damaged relationships, miasmatic, inherited, weaknesses--all need to be addressed in a mental health workup.
But in every one of the five songs included in this cycle, Cerrone manages to create effective vocal lines that emerge with bell-like clarity from a miasmatic piano accompaniment.
Still, it takes much more muscle, hustle and tussle with myriad miasmatic monsters before the film's four resident heroines can claim ultimate victory against their disembodied adversaries.
The instructions to the men offer the view of the miasmatic air theory, a theory about the nature of disease that existed as late as the 19th century (11,20).
In tropical West Africa especially, whites imagined themselves literally breathing in miasmatic infection with every breath.
Anxieties concerning livestock animals as sources of urban pollution were driven by dominant notions of the dissemination of disease associated with the miasmatic theory, the belief that foul-smelling air and dirty environments produced illness.
The connection between germs and disease or infection had been established in the 1880s by Louis Pasteur, officially discrediting miasmatic theory, but Davis's easy relation of wound infection to bad air shows the staying power of mistaken but long-held belief.