chemical sense


: a nervous mechanism for the physiological reception of and response to chemical stimulation
specifically : the central nervous process (as in smelling and tasting) initiated by excitation of special receptors sensitive to chemical substances in solution compare chemoreceptor

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“Chemical sense.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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