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#98655 03/14/03 01:54 PM
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OK, "we all know" there are five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. There are common English words to describe the absence of only three of them: blind, deaf, and numb. Why don't we have words for the absence of the senses of taste and smell? I have a friend who has no sense of smell and one thing that's odd is there's no single word for it! Or is there? Does any of you know? Could the docs aBoard at least tell us the medical terms for smell-less and taste-less?


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Anosmia
anosmia
n.
5ModL < Gr an3, without + osmc, smell (see ODOR) + 3IA6 total or partial loss of the sense of smell
an[os4mic 73mik8
adj.



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Thanks, Dr. Bill. I'll be sure to tell my friend that she's anosmic. Great word.


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hypoguesia = diminished seense of taste.
So far I haven't found absence of taste. Still trying.

Ageusia: The inability to taste sweet, sour, bitter, or salty substances. Some people can taste but their ability to do so is reduced; they are said to have hypogeusia.


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aguesia?


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- My dog has no nose

- How does he smell?

- Awful


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My dog has no nose

- How does he smell?


I don't know - I'm anosmic.


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Dear RC: I'm surprised to hear you're an Oz Mick.


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Geez Bill, you should know by now that Rhuby is anything if the money's right!

- Pfranz

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To truly have no sense of taste you would have to be both anosmic and aguesic as taste is only sweet, salt, bitter and sour. All other "flavours" are actually scents.
Incidentally that is why fancy wine testers "chew" the wine. When you drink the soft palate automatically closes off the passage to your nose. When you chew it relaxes and allows the fumes to carry the "flavour" to to the nose.


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