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olfaction

[ol-fak-shuh n, ohl-]
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noun
  1. the act of smelling.
  2. 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

noun
  1. the sense of smell
  2. the act or function of smelling
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Word Origin and History for 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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olfaction in Medicine

olfaction

(ŏl-făkshən, ōl-)
n.
  1. The sense of smell.
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