• WordNet 3.6
    • adj olfactory of or relating to olfaction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Olfactory An olfactory organ; also, the sense of smell; -- usually in the plural.
    • a Olfactory (Physiol) Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the sense of smell; as, the olfactory nerves; the olfactory cells.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • olfactory Making or causing to smell; effecting or otherwise pertaining to olfaction; having the sense of smell or providing for the exercise of that faculty: as, an olfactory organ. The olfactory nerves, present in nearly all vertebrates, are slender filaments in man, about twenty in number, arising from the under surface of the olfactory bulb, or terminal part of the rhinencephalon or olfactory lobe. The lobe is primitively hollow, being a tubular process whose cavity is continuous with that of the prosencephalic ventricle, and it is of much greater relative size in the lower than in the higher vertebrates. In the latter the olfactory lobes are reduced to a pair of solid flattened bands, like bits of tape, and improperly receive the name of olfactory nerves, which properly applies only to the numerous filaments arising from the bulbous end of the so-called olfactory nerves, penetrating the cribriform plate of the ethmoid bone through numerous minute foramina, and ramifying through the Schneiderian mucous membrane of the nose. Also olfactive. See cuts under Elasmobranchii, encephalon, nasal, and Petromyzontidæ.
    • n olfactory The organ of smell; the nose as an olfactory organ: usually in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Olfactory ol-fak′tor-i pertaining to, or used in, smelling.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. olfactus, p. p. of olfacere, to smell; olere, to have a smell + facere, to make. See Odor, and Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. olfactāre, to smell—olēre, to smell, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

All odor evaded me until I had recourse to my usual olfactory crutch, placing the flower in a vial in the sunlight.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Upon this membrane the olfactory nerve ramifies.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Particles of escaping tobacco dust float in the air and tickle our olfactories.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Describe the olfactory nerve.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Nevertheless, Manuel Antonio, whose olfactory sense was superior to that of all his contemporaries, had scented something.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The olfactory orifices are not at all prominent.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Her olfactory nerves were almost as keen as a dog's.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
That there exists a certain connection between the visual and olfactory organs we don't pretend to dispute.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
By A. Valenciennes, who is followed by W. Keferstein, this is regarded as an olfactory organ.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
The olfactory organ is distinctly developed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various

In poetry:

The perfumed fields of blooming May,
The evening scent of new-mown hay
Touch nerve olfactory,
And carry to the thoughtful brain
Loved memories of a long-past train
That once was full of glee.
"The Five Senses" by Jared Barhite
'Tis said he wonders why it is,
That all the land makes such a phiz,
And why they keep in strict reserve,
A shield for the olfactory nerve;
When e'er My Policy is brought
Within the radius of their thought.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Using gene therapy, scientists have successfully restored the sense of smell in mice that had a genetic mutation that took away their olfactory senses.
Too bad radio can't convey aromas because when you step into the Christmas wreath workshop of Jenny and Sam McFadden, well, it's an olfactory rush.
G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase 2 Is Required for Rhythmic Olfactory Responses in Drosophila.
Health care professionals (doctors, nurses, technicians, volunteers), all emit their own unique olfactory signature.
They, too, contribute to one's olfactory signature.
Let me close by urging you to rekindle your interest in the role olfactory communication plays in your professional life.
It's ' olfactory white' as in white noise.
Active olfactory training for the treatment of smelling disorders.
That was because a 1968 study had found that the olfactory bulbs in their brains are smaller than those of other kinds of birds.
There was a time when driving south of Oakdale took you past the ultimate olfactory factory.
It's 'olfactory white' as in white noise .
The key to creating olfactory white, the researchers discovered , was not the compounds used, but rather the amount of different compounds used.
Olfactory Hue Bistro expands hours, menu.
Olfactory white': neither bad nor good.
Scientists in Israel have discovered a new smell, the olfactory equivalent of white noise .

In science:

Let every (scalar or vector) value of the input at the given time moment represent a certain pattern, that can be of any origin: visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or their combination.
"Memory foam" approach to unsupervised learning
Luca Turin. A spectroscopic mechanism for primary olfactory reception.
Non-classicality of molecular vibrations activating electronic dynamics at room temperature
The data were recorded extracellularly in vivo from the first olfactory relay of an insect, the cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
On Goodness of Fit Tests For Models of Neuronal Spike Trains Considered as Counting Processes
For this, we use numerical ants that crawl the graph as well as their pheromones, olfactory messages they drop, to mark clusters of entities.
Different goals in multiscale simulations and how to reach them
Pheromones in nature being olfactory molecules, they tend to evaporate.
Different goals in multiscale simulations and how to reach them