January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p2017
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A definition of the term "smell" is presented. It refers to the perception by stimulation of the olfactory nerves. It is a chemical sense that depends on sensory cells on the surface of the upper part of the nasal septum and the superior nasal concha. These sensory cells, which live for an average of 30 days, are affected by a variety of factors such as age, nutritional and hormonal states, drugs and therapeutic radiation.


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