Effluvia.

    This is a very general term meaning exhalations or emanations, applied especially to those of noxious or toxic character. In the mid-nineteenth century, they were called “vapours”. Women especially died from the “vapours”. This is to be distinguished from what is called the contagious effluvia, such as rubeolar (measles); marsh effluvia, such as miasmata (foul odors from the earth); and those arising from animals or vegetables.

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