Definition of parosmia in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parosmia has been reported by a number of patients with head trauma.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 19th century: from para- + Greek osmē ‘smell’.