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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hi-poz'me-a

Definition: Diminished sense of smell, due to transport disorders (in nasal obstruction) or to sensorineural disorders (affecting the olfactory neuroepithelium or the central olfactory neural pathways); may be both hereditary or aquired. It may be general to all odorants, partial to some odorants, or specific to one or more odorants.

Synonym(s): microsmia, olfactory hypesthesia

[hypo- + G. osme, smell]

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