Definition of organoleptic
1 : being, affecting, or relating to qualities (as taste, color, odor, and feel) of a substance (as a food or drug) that stimulate the sense organs organoleptic research
2 : involving use of the sense organs organoleptic evaluation of foods
organolepticallyplay \ˌȯr-gə-nō-ˈlep-ti-k(ə-)lē, ȯr-ˌga-nə-\ adverb
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English speakers first got a taste of "organoleptic" in an 1852 translation of a French chemistry textbook. Its spelling is an Anglicization of the French word organoleptique, which derives from "organ" (same meaning as in English) and Greek lēptikos, meaning "disposed to take or accept." "Lēptikos" is also an ingredient in "neuroleptic" (a type of powerful tranquilizer). The parent of "lēptikos" - the verb lambanein, meaning "to take or seize" - contributed to the formation of several English words, including "epilepsy" and "syllable."
Origin and Etymology of organoleptic
French organoleptique, from organ- + Greek lēptikos disposed to take, from lambanein to take — more at latch
First Known Use: 1852
Medical Definition of organoleptic
1: being, affecting, or relating to qualities (as taste, color, odor, and feel) of a substance (as a food or drug) that stimulate the sense organs
2: involving use of the sense organs organoleptic evaluation of foods
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