os·​mo·​pho·​bia ˌäz-mō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce osmophobia (audio)
: intolerance of or hypersensitivity to smells
Stress aggravated her headaches. She also had associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting, photophobia, phonophobia, and osmophobia.James D. Collins
also : aversion to or dislike of odors
Migraineurs and other people with headache, particularly those who have odor triggers may develop a fear of or aversion to certain smells, called osmophobia. Kerrie Smyres

Word History


Greek osmḗ "smell, odor" + -o- + -phobia — more at osmium

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osmophobia was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Osmophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osmophobia. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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