olfaction

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ol·fac·tion

 (ŏl-făk′shən, ōl-)
n.
1. The sense of smell.
2. The act or process of smelling.

[Latin olfactus, past participle of olfacere, to smell; see olfactory + -ion.]

olfaction

(ɒlˈfækʃən)
n
1. (Physiology) the sense of smell
2. (Physiology) the act or function of smelling

ol•fac•tion

(ɒlˈfæk ʃən, oʊl-)

n.
1. the act of smelling.
2. the sense of smell.
[1840–50]

olfaction

1. the sense of smell.
2. the act of smelling. — olfactory, olfactive, adj.
See also: Bodily Functions
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.olfaction - the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
sense modality, sensory system, modality - a particular sense
exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
nose - the sense of smell (especially in animals); "the hound has a good nose"

olfaction

noun
The sense by which odors are perceived:
Translations
Olfaktus

ol·fac·tion

n. olfacción.
1. el acto de oler;
2. el sentido del olor.
References in classic literature ?
Monsieur Defarge's olfactory sense was by no means delicate, but the stock of wine smelt much stronger than it ever tasted, and so did the stock of rum and brandy and aniseed.
may have needed a phone to find home, but blacktip sharks have more sense than that: olfactory sense, that is.
The author met these men and got close enough to shake their hands and note that they did not seem to be unclean in the visual or olfactory sense.
The study brought scientists closer to developing electronic noses (enoses) that closely replicate the sensitive olfactory sense of animals.
The conclusion deals with the ways we can cultivate the discrimination, sensitivity and memory of our olfactory sense.
Your olfactory sense is very important, it triggers so many memories in the brain," she says.
Giovanni Galizia, has been the first to demonstrate that fruit flies are able to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells via their olfactory sense.
In order to survey and protect high-risk areas, police and security personnel often rely on the heightened olfactory sense of dogs to detect trace quantities of volatiles, or chemicals with a tendency to vaporize, released by explosives.
They are using their olfactory sense, which is immensely greater than ours.
However, one may hypothesize that individuals with early-onset blindness rely more extensively on their olfactory sense than do those who are sighted.
Yes, for hunting--and for life in general--we human beings rely most heavily on our eyes and ears, but our olfactory sense may play a deeper role than we realize.
He said it can enhance the olfactory sense and also enhance sexual potency by dilating blood vessels.