[ an-oz-mee-uh, -os- ]
/ ænˈɒz mi ə, -ˈɒs- /

noun Pathology.

absence or loss of the sense of smell.

Nearby words

  1. anorthoclase,
  2. anorthography,
  3. anorthosite,
  4. anoscope,
  5. anosigmoidoscopy,
  6. anosognosia,
  7. anosognosic epilepsy,
  8. anospinal,
  9. anostosis,
  10. another

Origin of anosmia

1805–15; < New Latin < Greek an- an-1 + osm(ḗ) smell (akin to ózein to smell) + -ia -ia

Also called olfactory anesthesia.

Related formsan·os·mat·ic [an-uh z-mat-ik] /ˌæn əzˈmæt ɪk/, an·os·mic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for olfactory anesthesia


/ (ænˈɒzmɪə, -ˈɒs-) /


pathol loss of the sense of smell, usually as the result of a lesion of the olfactory nerve, disease in another organ or part, or obstruction of the nasal passages
Derived Formsanosmatic (ˌænɒzˈmætɪk) or anosmic, adjective

Word Origin for anosmia

C19: from New Latin, from an- + Greek osmē smell, from ozein to smell

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Word Origin and History for olfactory anesthesia



"loss of sense of smell," 1811, Modern Latin, from Greek an-, privative prefix (see an- (1)), + osme "smell" (Doric odme), from *odsme, cognate with Latin odor (see odor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for olfactory anesthesia

olfactory anesthesia




[ ăn-ŏzmē-ə ]


Loss of the sense of smell.olfactory anesthesia
Related formsan•osmic adj.

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