Olfactory Ol*fac"to*ry, a. [L. olfactus, p. p. of olfacere to smell; olere to have a smell + facere to make. See {Odor}, and {Fact}.] (Physiol.) Of, pertaining to, or connected with, the sense of smell; as, the olfactory nerves; the olfactory cells. [1913 Webster]

{Olfactory organ} (Anat.), an organ for smelling. In vertebrates the olfactory organs are more or less complicated sacs, situated in the front part of the head and lined with epithelium innervated by the olfactory (or first cranial) nerves, and sensitive to odoriferous particles conveyed to it in the air or in water. [1913 Webster]

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  • Olfactory — Ol*fac to*ry, n.; pl. {Olfactories}. An olfactory organ; also, the sense of smell; usually in the plural. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • olfactory — (adj.) 1650s, from L. olfactorius, from olfactus, pp. of olfacere to get the smell of, sniff, from olere give off a smell of (see ODOR (Cf. odor)) + facere make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • olfactory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to the sense of smell. ORIGIN from Latin olfacere to smell …   English terms dictionary

  • olfactory — [äl fak′tə rē, ōlfak′tə rē] adj. [< L olfactus, pp. of olfacere, to smell < olere, to have a smell (akin to odor, ODOR) + facere, to make: see DO1] of the sense of smell: also olfactive n. pl. olfactories [usually pl.] an organ of smell …   English World dictionary

  • olfactory — olfactorily, adv. /ol fak teuh ree, tree, ohl /, adj., n., pl. olfactories. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the sense of smell: olfactory organs. n. 2. Usually, olfactories. an olfactory organ. 3. See olfactory nerve. [1650 60; < L olfactorius, equiv …   Universalium

  • olfactory — [[t]ɒlfæ̱ktəri[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Olfactory means concerned with the sense of smell. [FORMAL] This olfactory sense develops in the womb …   English dictionary

  • olfactory — ol•fac•to•ry [[t]ɒlˈfæk tə ri, tri, oʊl [/t]] adj. n. pl. ries 1) anat. of or pertaining to the sense of smell 2) anat. Usu., olfactories. an olfactory organ 3) anat. olfactory nerve • Etymology: 1650–60; < L olfactōrius=olfac(ere) to smell at …   From formal English to slang

  • olfactory — /ɒlˈfæktəri/ (say ol faktuhree) adjective 1. of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs. –noun (plural olfactories) 2. (usually plural) an olfactory organ. {Latin olfactōrius (adjective) …  

  • olfactory — adj. Olfactory is used with these nouns: ↑organ …   Collocations dictionary

  • olfactory — ol|fac|to|ry [ɔlˈfæktəri US a:l , oul ] adj [only before noun] technical [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: olfactorius, from olfacere to smell , from olere to smell + facere to do ] connected with the sense of smell ▪ the olfactory cells in the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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