masc. proper name, from Old English Osmund, literally “divine protection,” from os “a god” (see Oscar) + -mund (see mount (n.)).


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    noun a fear of odors, smells; also called olfactophobia , osphresiophobia See olfactophobia See osphresiophobia Word Origin Greek osme ‘smell’

  • Osmoreceptor

    osmoreceptor os·mo·re·cep·tor1 (ŏz’mō-rĭ-sěp’tər, ŏs’-) n. A receptor in the central nervous system that responds to changes in the osmotic pressure of the blood. osmoreceptor 2 n. A receptor that receives olfactory stimuli.

  • Osmoregulation

    [oz-moh-reg-yuh-ley-shuh n, os-] /ˌɒz moʊˌrɛg yəˈleɪ ʃən, ˌɒs-/ noun 1. the process by which cells and simple organisms maintain fluid and electrolyte balance with their surroundings. /ˌɒzməʊˌrɛɡjʊˈleɪʃən/ noun 1. (zoology) the adjustment of the osmotic pressure of a cell or organism in relation to the surrounding fluid osmoregulation n. The maintenance of an optimal constant […]

  • Osmose

    [oz-mohs, os-] /ˈɒz moʊs, ˈɒs-/ verb (used without object), osmosed, osmosing. 1. to undergo . verb (used with object), osmosed, osmosing. 2. to subject to . noun 3. . /ˈɒzməʊs; -məʊz; ˈɒs-/ verb 1. to undergo or cause to undergo osmosis noun 2. a former name for osmosis osmose os·mose (ŏz’mōs’, ŏs’-) v. os·mosed, os·mos·ing, […]

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