[ an-oz-mee-uh, -os- ]

  1. absence or loss of the sense of smell.

Origin of anosmia

1805–15; <New Latin <Greek an-an-1 + osm() smell (akin to ózein to smell) + -ia-ia
  • Also called olfactory anesthesia .

Other words from anosmia

  • an·os·mat·ic [an-uhz-mat-ik], /ˌæn əzˈmæt ɪk/, an·os·mic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for anosmia


/ (ænˈɒzmɪə, -ˈɒs-) /

  1. 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

Origin of anosmia

C19: from New Latin, from an- + Greek osmē smell, from ozein to smell

Derived forms of anosmia

  • anosmatic (ˌænɒzˈmætɪk) or anosmic, adjective

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