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anosmia

[ an-oz-mee-uh, -os- ]
/ ænˈɒz mi ə, -ˈɒs- /
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noun Pathology.
absence or loss of the sense of smell.
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Also called olfactory anesthesia .

Origin of anosmia

1805–15; <New Latin <Greek an-an-1 + osm() smell (akin to ózein to smell) + -ia-ia

OTHER WORDS FROM anosmia

an·os·mat·ic [an-uhz-mat-ik], /ˌæn əzˈmæt ɪk/, an·os·mic, adjective
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How to use anosmia in a sentence

  • This phenomenon, known as anosmia, has always affected a small number of people—some estimates put it at roughly 3 percent of adults over age 40—because of genetics, illnesses such as Parkinson’s, or radiation treatment.

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  • Cases of complete anosmia and qualitative obtuseness are not uncommon.

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British Dictionary definitions for anosmia

anosmia
/ (ænˈɒzmɪə, -ˈɒs-) /

noun
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 of anosmia

anosmatic (ˌænɒzˈmætɪk) or anosmic, adjective

Word Origin for anosmia

C19: from New Latin, from an- + Greek osmē smell, from ozein to smell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for anosmia

anosmia
[ ăn-ŏzmē-ə ]

n.
Loss of the sense of smell.olfactory anesthesia

Other words from anosmia

an•osmic adj.
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