olfaction

[ ol-fak-shuh n, ohl- ]
/ ɒlˈfæk ʃən, oʊl- /

noun

the act of smelling.
the sense of smell.

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Origin of olfaction

1840–50; < Latin olfact(us) past participle of olfacere to smell (see olfactory) + -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for olfaction

olfaction
/ (ɒlˈfækʃən) /

noun

the sense of smell
the act or function of smelling
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Medical definitions for olfaction

olfaction
[ ŏl-făkshən, ōl- ]

n.

The sense of smell.
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