1. The branch of medicine dealing with diseases and disorders of the organs of smell.
2. The science of olfactory disorders.
Someone who has a fondness for certain odors.
The love of or fondness for various odors.
The attraction for certain smells or odors.
1. That part of a chemical which is responsible for the odor of the compound.
2. A group or radical that imparts odor to a compound.
A receptor in the brain that is sensitive to olfactory stimuli.
An instrument for detecting and for measuring odors.
An abnormal acuteness of the sense of smell; oxyosphresia
parosmia, paraosmia (s) (noun)
; parosmias, paraosmias (pl)
Disorders of the sense of smell: "A parosmia is a sense of smell that is reversed in that agreeable odors are found to be offensive while offensive ones are agreeable."
phantosmia (s) (noun)
, phantosmias (pl)
1. Odor hallucinations that include smelling things that do not come from any real physical stimulus: "A person may experience phantosmias which range from rotting flesh to freshly-mowed grass, although most examples of these conditions report unpleasant aromas; so, phantosmia specializes in presenting the disagreeable."
"In some experiences, phantosmia has even given the impression to the afflicted individual that both the odor and source actually exist which is a condition known as pseudosmias or olfactory delusions."
"Both the upper nasal passages and the brain play a part in phantosmia; especially, the brain which generates the smell perception and phantosmia is connected to certain psychiatric disorders, including, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, and depression."
2. Etymology: phanto
, ""; osmia
from Greek osme
pseudosmia (s) (noun)
, pseudosmias (pl)
1. A subjective or false sensation of an odor that is not present.
2. A sense of odors without actual causes for smelling them.
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