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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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 Loss of smell, or anosmia, occurs in people with either mild or acute coronavirus infections. Lauren Caruba,, "Will COVID-19 have long-term effects on the brain? San Antonio researchers are trying to find out.," 11 Jan. 2021 People with anosmia may continue to perceive basic tastes — salty, sour, sweet, bitter and umami. New York Times, "Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste," 2 Jan. 2021 The Washington University School of Medicine is planning a clinical trial to see if smell training therapy can assist COVID-19 patients with anosmia. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Burnt oranges, brown sugar won't restore senses lost to COVID-19," 28 Dec. 2020 In working with patients who have caught it, Pottinger said that a sometimes long-lasting side effect of the viral infection is anosmia, or losing the sense of smell, which impacts the ability to taste as well. Starre Vartan, CNN, "Why picking your nose isn't just gross — it's dangerous in the time of coronavirus," 28 Dec. 2020 One study found that 89 percent of people with mild COVID-19 and anosmia fully or partially recovered their sense of smell after four weeks. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "Can’t smell or taste the bacon? It’s probably a sign of COVID-19.," 11 Dec. 2020 Researchers at a hospital in San Diego found that people with anosmia were much less likely to be hospitalized than others with the disease. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "Can’t smell or taste the bacon? It’s probably a sign of COVID-19.," 11 Dec. 2020 Since the pandemic began, doctors have puzzled over why the coronavirus causes as many as 80% of patients to experience anosmia, a temporary loss of smell. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Damaged Sense of Smell in Covid Patients Holds Clues to How Recovery Might Work," 23 Nov. 2020 And then there is what anosmia does to the joy of eating. Stephani Sutherland, Scientific American, "Mysteries of COVID Smell Loss Finally Yield Some Answers," 18 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2021

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“Anosmia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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