a disorder of the sense of smell, especially the perception of odors that are not present.
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Origin of parosmia
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Parosmia, or the sensation of a bad odour, may be of functional origin; it sometimes occurs after influenza.
any disorder of the sense of smell
Word Origin for parosmia
C19: from para- 1 + Greek osmē smell
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A distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odors that are not present.
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