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noun Pathology.
  1. a disorder of the sense of smell, especially the perception of odors that are not present.
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Origin of parosmia

1815–25; par- + Greek osm(ḗ) smell + -ia
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Historical Examples of parosmia

  • Parosmia, or the sensation of a bad odour, may be of functional origin; it sometimes occurs after influenza.

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    Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for parosmia


  1. any disorder of the sense of smell
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Word Origin for parosmia

C19: from para- 1 + Greek osmē smell
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parosmia in Medicine


  1. A distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odors that are not present.
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