Meaning of halitosis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhalɪˈtəʊsɪs/

Translate halitosis into Spanish


technical term for bad breath
‘As I felt unprepared for an even closer look at him, and even less inclined to take in the halitosis and BO that no doubt accompanied his cosmetic unpleasantness, I strenuously endeavoured to decline his invitation.’
  • ‘I have to admit he didn't find the halitosis easy to live with.’
  • ‘Although not mentioned in the report, it's suspected that the drug causes 100 percent of the halitosis in Turkmenistan.’
  • ‘Don't be too concerned if you haven't been invited, probably just means my nearest and dearest can't stand you or your rancid halitosis.’
  • ‘The bacteria that occur naturally in your mouth react with the oil in the garlic, causing the halitosis or ‘garlic breath’ reaction.’


Late 19th century from Latin halitus ‘breath’ + -osis.