from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A distortion of the sense of smell, as in smelling odors that are not present.

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  • n. A distorted sense of smell, often resulting in phantom, non-existent, and mostly unpleasant, smells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, a perversion of the sense of smell; olfactory illusion.


New Latin : par(a)-1 + Greek osm─ô, smell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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