from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In medicine: A principle formerly supposed to be the essence of infection.
- noun Air deficient in oxygen and containing poisonous emanations.
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To this, a few days later, Mitchill replied that he felt there was confusion in terms and that the language employed by the various writers had introduced that confusion; then for philological reasons and to clarify thoughts Mitchill proposed to strike out azote from the nomenclature of the day and take septon in its place; he also wished to expunge hydrogene and substitute phlogiston.