Origin of deleteriousClassical Greek d?l?t?rios from d?l?ter, a destroyer from d?leisthai, to injure from Indo-European base an unverified form del-, to split
An example of deleterious is how smoking can kill a human being.
Origin of deleteriousFrom Greek dēlētērios from dēlētēr destroyer from dēleisthai to harm
(comparative more deleterious, superlative most deleterious)
- harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way (as for example deleterious effects, deleterious to health).
From Ancient Greek δηλητήριος (dēlētērios, “noxious, deleterious”), from δηλητήρ (dēlētēr, “a destroyer”), from δηλέομαι (dēleomai, “I hurt, damage, spoil, waste”).
- This act, which was only decided upon after much hesitation, had a most deleterious effect upon the national credit.
- A few crops, such as mustard, seem deleterious to them.
- The vessels are only temporary channels by which is brought forward the food supply that is needed by the advancing army if it is suc-, cessfully to carry on its function; they probably also drain off the deleterious fluid substances formed by the cellular disintegration that has taken place in the part.
- The effects of morphine are much more deleterious than those of opiumsmoking.
- By a combination of these morbid predispositions with the action of deleterious influences from without all diseases were produced.