From his early, playful use of Schele De Vere's "mephitic
vapors," through his gaining inspiration from the book's physical appearance, to his infusing Stray Leaves' oceanity into his poetry, Whitman wrote Stray Leaves into Leaves of Grass.
Emerson had "no great thought or purpose in him," and his work was, in fact, "somehow mephitic
." It lacked, for Bushnell, the acknowledgment of the "living God, and objects of faith" so central to his own life.
it was once in a mephitic
place in Russia known as Tchorni Gorod
Damp towels and cloths littered every surface in the bathroom and Lydia gagged at the mephitic
stench of the narrow water closet.
They swerved back into Beatles renditions, and PDQ Bach spin-offs, and the mephitic
misty-eyed syrup of "Shenandoah."
Again, if the current stories are to be believed, mephitic
gases prevail there.
[I]t's a left-wing Disney Land: reckless neo-cons, mephitic
corporations, redneck governors, the death penalty, and Muslims being rounded up like, er ...
The wranglers explain the poor digestion of elephants as the mephitic
odor of drifts around us.
Passages at once grotesque and pastoral present wounded bodies in devastated expanses, mephitic
gardens littered with rotting fruit, suffering brides with putrescent wombs, and "bones a sheep skull or two beer cans in the dirt." Blood saturates this book; a "guilty stain" imbues its pages.
(11,12) In addition to ADH effects, conditions that alter AQP2 expression include: lithium treatments, hypokalemia, hypercalcemia, chronic renal failure, ischemic renal failure, cirrhosis, mephitic
syndrome, and seemingly unrelated conditions such as a low protein diet or exposure to high altitudes.
Viscous like an octopus, her breath mephitic
with drink, Marie plants on Maleux's lips a long, sour, aspiratory kiss, at which point he plunges his blade in her belly, proudly proclaiming: "Ben, quoi?
Man reverts once more to living in a cave, but the cave is now polluted by the mephitic
and pestilential breath of civilization....
and especially, the mephitic
effluvia [foul odor] from sinks [latrines]" Preventive measures included avoiding contaminated soil, foul neighborhoods, and impure water supplies.
Reading the novel as an English imitation of a decadent French text, for example, the reviewer for the Daily Chronicle denounced it as "a tale spawned from the leprous literature of the French Decadents, a poisonous book, the atmosphere of which is heavy with mephitic
odours of moral and spiritual putrefaction" (NCE 342-43).
In 1772, Daniel Rutherford discovered something that he called "mephitic
air." We now know it as nitrogen.