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What is anosmia?

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The complete loss of smell is called anosmia (an-OHZ-me-uh). Without your sense of smell, food tastes different, you can't smell the scent of a flower, and you could find yourself in a dangerous situation, unknowingly. For example, without the ability to detect odors, you wouldn't smell a gas leak, smoke from a fire, or sour milk.

SOURCES:

American Rhinologic Society: "Loss of Taste and Smell Stinks!"

Mayo Clinic: "The Loss of Smell (Anosmia)."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Smell and Taste Disorders: A Primary Care Approach."

National Institutes of Health: "Smell Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

SOURCES:

American Rhinologic Society: "Loss of Taste and Smell Stinks!"

Mayo Clinic: "The Loss of Smell (Anosmia)."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Smell and Taste Disorders: A Primary Care Approach."

National Institutes of Health: "Smell Disorders."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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