- The term hyperosmia comes from the Greek words huper (to exceed a certain boundary) and osmè (smell, stink, fragrant, odour, scent, perfume). It is used to denote a " chemosensory disorder characterized by an increased odour sensitivity to some or all odorants. Hyperosmia may also be classified as a type of "hyperaesthesia. The term is used in opposition to hyposmia. Hyper-osmia is classified as an "olfactory illusion (i.e. a smell illusion) or as a chemosensory disorder.ReferencesAckerman, B.H., Kasbekar, N. (1997). Disturbances of taste and smell induced by drugs. Pharmacotherapy, 17, 482-496.Schiffman, S.S., Gatlin, C.A. (1993). Clinical physiology of taste and smell. Annual Review of Nutrition, 13, 405-436.
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