an·​os·​mia | \ a-ˈnäz-mē-ə How to pronounce anosmia (audio) \

Definition of anosmia

: loss or impairment of the sense of smell

Other Words from anosmia

anosmic \ a-​ˈnäz-​mik How to pronounce anosmia (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anosmia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What did the team learn about the details of the mechanism that underlies anosmia? Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2022 Studies have suggested that anosmia, the medical term of the condition, is a better predictor of whether someone has the virus than other symptoms such as cough or fever. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2022 People who develop anosmia frequently retreat into themselves. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 When Covid-19 snatches that away, the fear of career-ending consequences can be particularly gripping, making anosmia a difficult, even taboo topic. New York Times, 19 Sep. 2021 The likelihood patients with long-term anosmia recover their sense of smell isn’t very optimistic. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 Studies confirm that many, if not most, Covid-19 patients say their sense of smell is affected -- a condition called anosmia or hyposmia. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 25 June 2021 Halstead has made some casual attempts to find the cause of his anosmia. Pamela Wood,, 12 Aug. 2021 Pieraccini has congenital anosmia, the chronic inability to smell. Pamela Wood,, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of anosmia

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anosmia

borrowed from New Latin, from Greek an- an- + -osmia (as in euosmía "fragrance, perfume," kakosmía "bad odor"), from -osmos "having an odor (of the kind specified)" (adjective derivative from osmḗ "odor, scent," going back to *od-smā, derivative—with -smē, -mē, deverbal noun suffix—of od-, base of ózein "to smell, give off an odor") + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at odor

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an·​os·​mia | \ a-ˈnäz-mē-ə How to pronounce anosmia (audio) \

Medical Definition of anosmia

: loss or impairment of the sense of smell

Other Words from anosmia

anosmic \ -​mik How to pronounce anosmia (audio) \ adjective

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