olfaction

[ol-fak-shuh n, ohl-]

noun

the act of smelling.
the sense of smell.

Nearby words

  1. olericulture,
  2. olestra,
  3. olethreutid,
  4. oleum,
  5. oleyl alcohol,
  6. olfactometer,
  7. olfactometry,
  8. olfactory,
  9. olfactory anesthesia,
  10. olfactory bulb

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

noun

the sense of smell
the act or function of smelling
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Word Origin and History for olfaction

olfaction

n.

noun of action from Latin olfactus, past participle of olfacere "to smell, get the smell of" (transitive), from olere "to emit a smell" (see odor) + facere "to make" (see factitious).

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Medicine definitions for olfaction

olfaction

[ŏl-făkshən, ōl-]

n.

The sense of smell.

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