[ an-oz-mee-uh, -os- ]
/ ænˈɒz mi ə, -ˈɒs- /

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(ḗ) smell (akin to ózein to smell) + -ia -ia


an·os·mat·ic [an-uh z-mat-ik] /ˌæn əzˈmæt ɪk/, an·os·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for anosmic

/ (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 of anosmia

anosmatic (ˌænɒzˈmætɪk) or anosmic, adjective

Word Origin for anosmia

C19: from New Latin, from an- + Greek osmē smell, from ozein to smell
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Medical definitions for anosmic

[ ăn-ŏzmē-ə ]


Loss of the sense of smell.olfactory anesthesia

Other words from anosmia

an•osmic adj.
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