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View synonyms for olfactory

olfactory

[ ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl- ]

adjective

  1. of or relating to the sense of smell:

    olfactory organs.



noun

, plural ol·fac·to·ries.
  1. Usually olfactories. an olfactory organ.

olfactory

/ -trɪ; ɒlˈfæktərɪ /

adjective

  1. of or relating to the sense of smell


noun

  1. usually plural an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell

olfactory

/ ŏl-făktə-rē,ōl- /

  1. Relating to or involving the organs or sense of smell.


olfactory

  1. A descriptive term for the sense of smell.


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Other Words From

  • ol·facto·ri·ly adverb
  • nonol·facto·ry adjective noun plural nonolfactories
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Word History and Origins

Origin of olfactory1

1650–60; < Latin olfactōrius, equivalent to olfac ( ere ) to smell at, sniff ( ol ( ēre ) to smell (akin to odor ) + facere to make, do) + -tōrius -tory 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of olfactory1

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

The brain, drawing on memory, recognizes patterns in the chemical composition of the olfactory stimulus.

As I explain in the episode, the olfactory explanation doesn’t actually pass the sniff test—which led me to wonder why a particular vehicle might experience widespread yellow sac infestations.

While linearity doesn’t mean the olfactory code is easily solvable, it does provide a framework for neuroscientists to further work on and potentially more easily understand.

Neuroscientist Dima Rinberg of New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and colleagues targeted nerve cells in mice’s olfactory bulbs.

That’s because, as far as neurons go, olfactory receptor neurons are unusual — they live outside of the brain, but keep one foot inside it.

Olfactory art, Burr admits, has been “completely and aggressively and successfully colonized by commercial interests.”

And then there are all the “olfactory landmarks” that live with us day to day, in laundry soaps and baby powder and new cars.

Our olfactory systems have long regarded pungency as not just innocuous but in fact pleasing.

It was now acting and re-acting on the lining of the serenader's olfactory organ in a manner to threaten final decapitation.

Some collectors, with indifferent olfactory sense, moisten the cork of their boxes with creosote.

This may perhaps be called the olfactory nerve, though clearly of a different character to the other nerves.

The anterior and larger division of the fore-brain forms the rudiment of the cerebral hemispheres and olfactory lobes.

On the ventral face of the integument covering these are two oval depressions, the rudimentary olfactory sacs.

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