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Definition of Noisome

Noisome: Offensive to the senses and especially disgusting, offensive, or harmful to the sense of smell. For example, the smell of a chemical such as formaldehyde can be noisome.

"Noisome" comes from the Middle English "noy" meaning "annoyance," and "enui" which in French also means "annoyance."

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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