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

Definition of anosmia

: loss or impairment of the sense of smell

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Olfaction researchers might now have a chance to work toward curing anosmia, or loss of smell, which can be caused by chemotherapy, Parkinson’s, and even Covid-19, among a host of other diseases. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist," 25 June 2020 The condition is called anosmia, and its connection to the virus has been known among medical communities for months. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 19: Vaccine, hydroxychloroquine, symptoms, EU, al Qaeda," 19 May 2020 In South Korea, where testing for COVID-19 is widespread, some 30% of patients with mild symptoms have reported anosmia, the technical term for a loss of sense of smell. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Why Losing Your Sense of Smell Could Be a Symptom of COVID-19," 24 Mar. 2020 No wonder anosmia is the Nate Silver of Covid-19 diagnosis. Kaiser Fung, Wired, "Beware the Lofty Promises of Covid-19 ‘Tracker’ Apps," 13 May 2020 In many of the cases, anosmia, as it's called, appeared before other symptoms. Anchorage Daily News, "CDC confirms six new coronavirus symptoms that are showing up in patients over and over," 28 Apr. 2020 Nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing anosmia, a loss of the sense of smell, or ageusia, the loss of taste. oregonlive, "Loss of smell, taste commonly reported in Multnomah County coronavirus cases," 31 Mar. 2020 Dysgeusia refers to a distorted sense of taste; anosmia is smell blindness. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Taste Something Metallic? It May Be A Symptom Of Coronavirus," 30 Apr. 2020 However, anosmia, the term for complete loss of the sense of smell, was only found in one-quarter of the patients. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Loss of smell marks milder cases of COVID-19; heart disease signals more severe cases," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Anosmia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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 anosmic (audio) \ adjective

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