organoleptic

adjective
or·​gan·​o·​lep·​tic | \ˌȯr-gə-nō-ˈlep-tik, ȯr-ˌga-nə-\

Definition of organoleptic 

1 : being, affecting, or relating to qualities (such as taste, color, odor, and feel) of a substance (such as a food or drug) that stimulate the sense organs organoleptic research

2 : involving use of the sense organs organoleptic evaluation of foods

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Other Words from organoleptic

organoleptically \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."

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According to a 2014 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the higher antioxidant levels in organic produce might actually enhance its organoleptic qualities — a.k.a. Jessica Decostole, Redbook, "5 Things You Should Know About Organic Food," 29 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of organoleptic

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for organoleptic

French organoleptique, from organ- + Greek lēptikos disposed to take, from lambanein to take — more at latch

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organoleptic

adjective
or·​gan·​o·​lep·​tic | \ˌȯr-gə-nō-ˈlep-tik, ȯr-ˌgan-ə- \

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

Other Words from organoleptic

organoleptically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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