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 (fē′tər, -tôr′) also foe·tor (fē′tər)
A strong, offensive odor. See Synonyms at stench.

[Middle English fetoure, from Latin fētor, from fētēre, to stink.]
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(ˈfiːtə; -tɔː) or


an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench
[C15: from Latin, from fētēre to stink]
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(ˈfi tər)

an offensive smell; stench.
[1475–1500; (< Middle French) < Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fetor - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasantfetor - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell, odor - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
niff, pong - an unpleasant smell
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n. fetor, mal olor, hedor.
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References in classic literature ?
In vain it was to rake for Ambergriese in the paunch of this Leviathan, insufferable fetor denying not inquiry.
During the transit, he sat with raised glasses in the frosty chill and mouldy fetor of his chariot, and glanced out sidelong on the holiday face of things, the shuttered shops, and the crowds along the pavement, much as the rider in the Tyburn cart may have observed the concourse gathering to his execution.
Halitosis, also called fetor ex ore, fetor oris, foul breath, breath malodor, and oral malodor (OM), is a perceived problem in different cultures and societies of the world.1 OM can become a social handicap whereby the self-perception of OM, which includes a multifactorial, psycho-physiological issue, is closely related to an individual's body image and psychopathological profile.2
On physical examination, he had fetor hepaticus, slight yellow discoloration of the sclera and spider angiomata on the upper chest.
Here, we present an interesting case of a GD along with oral fetor or halitosis, which was diagnosed on EGD and was managed successfully with conservative treatment, and we review the relevant literature.
The word that springs to my mind is fetor. The stench of death.
Spider nevi, Palmar erythema, Changes in nail--Muehrcke's nails, Terry nails, Clubbing and hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, Dupuytren's contracture, Gynecomastia, Testicular atrophy, Splenomegaly, Ascites, Caput medusae Cruveilhier-Baumgarten murmur, Fetor hepaticus, Jaundice, Asterixis.
The most common symptoms were crusting (100%) and fetor (97.6%).
The fetor of feces is absorbed in everyair molecule.
Lentoid, in a fetor, with gin dim, for ajar of midnight I wrote fan "Idiot Nel" a line--so!"
Hippocrates wrote a treatise on "fetor hepaticus," or the fishy aroma of liver failure, and noted the sour-scented breath of those with failing kidneys.