Definition of Olfactory

1. Adjective. Of or relating to olfaction.

Exact synonyms: Olfactive
Partainyms: Smell, Smell

Definition of Olfactory

1. a. Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the sense of smell; as, the olfactory nerves; the olfactory cells.

2. n. An olfactory organ; also, the sense of smell; -- usually in the plural.

Definition of Olfactory

1. Adjective. Concerning the sense of smell. ¹

2. Noun. An olfactory organ. ¹

3. Noun. (mostly plural) The sense of smell. ¹

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Definition of Olfactory

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Medical Definition of Olfactory

1. Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the sense of smell; as, the olfactory nerves; the olfactory cells. Olfactory organ, an organ for smelling. In vertebrates the olfactory organs are more or less complicated sacs, situated in the front part of the head and lined with epithelium innervated by the olfactory (or first cranial) nerves, and sensitive to odouriferous particles conveyed to it in the air or in water. Origin: L. Olfactus, p.p. Of olfacere to smell; olere to have a smell + facere = to make. See Odour, and Fact. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Olfactory

olfactory (current term)
olfactory angle
olfactory area
olfactory brain
olfactory bulb
olfactory bundle
olfactory cells
olfactory cortex
olfactory epithelium
olfactory esthesioneuroblastoma
olfactory fila
olfactory foramen
olfactory glands
olfactory glomerulus
olfactory groove

Literary usage of Olfactory

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1. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1915)
"PAr;E. Introduction and methods 408 Morphology of the olfactory pores •.. .. 410 Disposition 410 (a) Epilachna borealis 411 (i>) Other species 414 (c) ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The olfactory lobe is situated on the under surface of the frontal lobe. It is rudimentary in man and some other mammals, but in vertebrates generally it is ..."

3. A Textbook of Physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"We have every reason to think that any stimulus applied to the olfactory cells will produce the sensation of smell; but the proof of this is not absolutely ..."

4. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1900)
"There is, however, no doubt that the glands of the olfactory membrane form an important subsidiary apparatus for the development of olfactory sensations. ..."

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