olfactory nerve

noun Anatomy.

either one of the first pair of cranial nerves, consisting of sensory fibers that conduct to the brain the impulses from the mucous membranes of the nose.

Origin of olfactory nerve

First recorded in 1660–70
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Related Words for olfactory nerve

snout, beak, muzzle, snoot, proboscis, bill, nares, nostrils, adenoids, schnoz, snuffer, horn, sniffer, smeller

British Dictionary definitions for olfactory nerve

olfactory nerve


either one of the first pair of cranial nerves, supplying the mucous membrane of the nose
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olfactory nerve in Medicine

olfactory nerve


Any of numerous olfactory filaments in the olfactory portion of the nasal mucosa that enter the olfactory bulb, where they terminate in synaptic contact with mitral cells, tufted cells, and granule cells.first cranial nerve
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olfactory nerve in Science

olfactory nerve

Either of the first pair of cranial nerves that carries sensory information relating to smell from the nose to the brain.
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