olfactometer

noun
ol·​fac·​tom·​e·​ter | \ ˌäl-ˌfak-ˈtä-mə-tər How to pronounce olfactometer (audio) , ˌōl- \

Definition of olfactometer

: an instrument for measuring the sensitivity of the sense of smell especially in regard to intensity, concentration, or quality of an odor

Examples of olfactometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To investigate, the scientists placed samples of favored and nonfavored soils at the end of a Y-junction olfactometer in which each arm was scented by a different dirt. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "If It Smells like Dirt, Fire Ants Are Interested," 21 Nov. 2020 But for use cases like trying to locate a concentrated marijuana plant odor, a field olfactometer lets testers roam and continue to smell on the go. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Nasal Ranger: A Hobbyist Weed Farm's Worst Enemy," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of olfactometer

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of olfactometer was in 1889

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20 Dec 2020

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“Olfactometer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olfactometer. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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olfactometer

noun
ol·​fac·​tom·​e·​ter | \ ˌäl-ˌfak-ˈtäm-ət-ər, ˌōl- How to pronounce olfactometer (audio) \

Medical Definition of olfactometer

: an instrument for measuring the sensitivity of the sense of smell in regard to intensity, concentration, or quality of an odor

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