One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormality in the sense of smell.‘currently, just over seven months after the accident, I have parosmia’
- ‘During this period of recovery there was a good deal of parosmia so that the odours of tobacco and coffee were intensely disagreeable.’
- ‘While anosmia - the loss of smell - can be easily understood by others, parosmia, to suffer from smell and taste distortions, is harder for others to experience.’
- ‘Parosmia has been reported by a number of patients with head trauma.’
- ‘I can now taste the difference between a pineapple and a pasty, but the parosmia remains.’
- ‘Normally, the parosmia either disappears or decreases to tolerable levels over time.’
Early 19th century: from para- + Greek osmē ‘smell’.
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