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olfaction Syllabification: ol·fac·tion
Pronunciation: /älˈfakSHən/ /ōl-/

Definition of olfaction in English:


The action or capacity of smelling; the sense of smell.
Example sentences
  • As an immunologist and neurobiologist, Mombaerts has decisively contributed to the basic mechanistic understanding of olfaction (sense of smell).
  • Humans detect chemical substances in the environment through 2 sensory channels: olfaction and the chemical sense.
  • The nurse shark relies on its sense of olfaction, touch and electrical reception.


Example sentences
  • The polymeric nanoparticles including olfactive components have a glass temperature of >50° C.
  • Fragrance composition exhibiting varying olfactive characteristics when applied on different persons
  • Structure–olfactive threshold relationships for 40 pyrazine derivatives have been studied by multivariate statistical analysis.


Mid 19th century: from Latin olfactus 'a smell' (from olere 'to smell' + fact- 'made', from the verb facere) + -ion.

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