Jacobson's organ


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Ja·cob·son's organ

(jā′kəb-sənz, -kəp-)
[After Ludwig Lewin Jacobson (1783-1843), Danish anatomist.]

Ja′cob•son's or′gan

(ˈdʒeɪ kəb sənz)

n.
either of a pair of olfactory pockets in the roof of the mouth, absent in primates but well-developed in many vertebrates, esp. reptiles.
[1870–75; after Latin. Latin. Jacobson (1783–1843), Danish anatomist]
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In addition, dogs have a second smelling device in the backs of their noses that we don't have, called the Jacobson's organ.
Like snakes, dogs have a sensory trigger called the Jacobson's Organ, which can collect chemicals from the air, and also from the water, and the dogs may use this to confirm the indication of a body.
Your cat's sense of smell is so essential to him that he actually has an extra olfactory organ that very few other creatures have: the Jacobson's organ [also known as the vomeronasal organ].