Olfactory organ
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • olfactory cell — n a sensory cell specialized for the reception of sensory stimuli caused by odors specif any of the spindle shaped neurons that are buried in the nasal mucous membrane of vertebrates and that have a round nucleus and two slender processes of… …   Medical dictionary

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