Medical Definition of Anosmia

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/4/2018

Anosmia: The failure of the development of or the loss of the sense of smell. Causes include conditions that damage nerve pathways that carry sensation from the nose to the brain. The most common causes are aging, nasal and/or sinus disease, prior viral upper respiratory tract infections, and head trauma.

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References
Leopold, Donald. "Disorders of Taste and Smell." Medscape.com. Jan. 15, 2016. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/861242-overview>.