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

Origin of anosmia

1805–15; < New Latin < Greek an- an-1 + osm(ḗ) smell (akin to ózein to smell) + -ia -ia
Also called olfactory anesthesia.
Related formsan·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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for anosmic


  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
Derived Formsanosmatic (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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Word Origin and History for anosmic



"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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anosmic in Medicine


  1. Loss of the sense of smell.olfactory anesthesia
Related formsan•osmic adj.
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