olfactory

[ ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl- ]
/ ɒlˈfæk tə ri, -tri, oʊl- /

adjective

of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs.

noun, plural ol·fac·to·ries.

Usually olfactories. an olfactory organ.

Nearby words

  1. oleum,
  2. oleyl alcohol,
  3. olfaction,
  4. olfactometer,
  5. olfactometry,
  6. olfactory anesthesia,
  7. olfactory bulb,
  8. olfactory epithelium,
  9. olfactory foramen,
  10. olfactory gland

Origin of olfactory

1650–60; < Latin olfactōrius, equivalent to olfac(ere) to smell at, sniff (ol(ēre) to smell (akin to odor) + facere to make, do) + -tōrius -tory1

Related formsol·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·ol·fac·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ol·fac·to·ries.

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British Dictionary definitions for nonolfactory

olfactory

/ (ɒlˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

of or relating to the sense of smell

noun plural -ries

(usually plural) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell

Word Origin for olfactory

C17: from Latin olfactus, past participle of olfacere, from olere to smell + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for nonolfactory

olfactory

adj.

1650s, from Latin olfactorius, from olfact-, past participle stem of olfacere "to get the smell of, sniff," from olere "emit a smell, give off a smell of" (see odor) + facere "make" (see factitious).

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Medicine definitions for nonolfactory

olfactory

[ ŏl-făktə-rē, -trē, ōl- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.

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Science definitions for nonolfactory

olfactory

[ ŏl-făktə-rē, ōl- ]

Relating to or involving the organs or sense of smell.
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Culture definitions for nonolfactory

olfactory

[ (ol-fak-tuh-ree, ohl-fak-tuh-ree) ]

A descriptive term for the sense of smell.

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