Definition of olfactory in English:

olfactory

adjective

  • Relating to the sense of smell.

    ‘the olfactory organs’
    • ‘She'd honed her olfactory senses to the point where she could visualize an event based on nothing more than what was in the air.’
    • ‘That mulchy smell could trigger an olfactory flashback of Proustian ripeness in children of a certain age.’
    • ‘The olfactory organ is located in the mucous membrane lining the uppermost part of the roof of the nasal cavity.’
    • ‘My walk to work was no longer an all-out assault on my olfactory senses.’
    • ‘It was one of the sweetest smells their olfactory organs had ever encountered.’
    • ‘The first thing that hit him was a wonderful smell; a mouthwatering serenade to his olfactory senses.’
    • ‘He inhaled her presence through all of his senses, including the olfactory.’
    • ‘Humans have a pathetic sense of smell because over half of the 1000 genes coding for our olfactory receptors don't work.’
    • ‘Paris silently cursed the heavy smoke that had blocked her highly developed olfactory senses.’
    • ‘He knew all the ingredients that contributed to the strangling of his olfactory senses.’
    • ‘They transfer the impulses of a smell through a nerve fiber to the olfactory bulb in the brain just above the nose.’
    • ‘Discarding her olfactory senses in favor of her optical ones for the moment, she took a curious look around the store.’
    • ‘Her olfactory sense was currently detecting the odor of mildew, wet stone, and some type of food cooking.’
    • ‘The surface of each olfactory cell carries receptors of only one type.’
    • ‘Mice and dogs, which have intense senses of smell, have mostly intact olfactory receptor genes.’
    • ‘But there were some foods better enjoyed with full tactile and olfactory senses open.’
    • ‘Poor olfactory sense may put people at risk during fires, gas leaks or other dangerous situations.’
    • ‘They have a well-developed olfactory sense and can locate food sources by smell.’
    • ‘The fish soup that had formed in the less-dense fresh water immediately poured up out of the jar and gave the sharks' olfactory senses a jolt.’
    • ‘The molecules diffuse through the surface layer of mucus and stimulate the olfactory receptors.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin olfactare (frequentative of olfacere to smell) + -ory.

Pronunciation:

olfactory

/ōlˈfakt(ə)rē//älˈfakt(ə)rē/