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[an-oz-mee-uh, -os-] /ænˈɒz mi ə, -ˈɒs-/
noun, Pathology.
absence or loss of the sense of smell.
Also called olfactory anesthesia.
Origin of anosmia
1805-15; < New Latin < Greek an- an-1 + osm(ḗ) smell (akin to ózein to smell) + -ia -ia
Related forms
[an-uh z-mat-ik] /ˌæn əzˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
anosmic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for anosmia


/ænˈɒzmɪə; -ˈɒs-/
(pathol) loss of the sense of smell, usually as the result of a lesion of the olfactory nerve, disease in another organ or part, or obstruction of the nasal passages
Derived Forms
anosmatic (ˌænɒzˈmætɪk), anosmic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from an- + Greek osmē smell, from ozein to smell
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Word Origin and History for anosmia

"loss of sense of smell," 1811, Modern Latin, from Greek an-, privative prefix (see an- (1)), + osme "smell" (Doric odme), from *odsme, cognate with Latin odor (see odor).

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anosmia in Medicine

anosmia an·os·mi·a (ān-ŏz'mē-ə)
Loss of the sense of smell. Also called olfactory anesthesia.

an·os'mic adj.
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