The man who cannot see is blind.

The man who cannot hear is deaf.

The man who cannot talk is mute.

What is the man who cannot smell?

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anosmia – John Lawler Aug 11 '14 at 23:32
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    The one chosen to clean the garbage can. – Oldcat Aug 12 '14 at 0:02
  • If this is an ELL question - note that very few people / basically nobody would know the word anosmia. What you would say is lost your sense of smell. That's the standard phrase. – Fattie Aug 12 '14 at 10:13
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    I googled "cannot smell" and first result gives the answer. – ermanen Aug 12 '14 at 20:00

A person who cannot smell suffers from anosmia.

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    And is thus anosmic. (Beat me by 30 seconds). – TimLymington Aug 11 '14 at 23:29
  • @TimLymington ...................Bless Google........ – Gary's Student Aug 11 '14 at 23:31
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    An anosmic suffers from a deficiency of osmium. – John Lawler Aug 11 '14 at 23:33
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    @JohnLawler You have just brought me a little sunshine! – Gary's Student Aug 11 '14 at 23:36
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    @JohnLawler: Damn! I was thinking it was omnium. – Drew Aug 12 '14 at 2:37

There are about 5% of people who have no smell or diminished smell. Anosmia is for those of us who have absolutely no ability to smell, WHICH MEANS "taste" is mostly gone. 95% of what most call "taste" is flavor, which is linked to a working olfactory nerve.


Anosmatic works too. . http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anosmatic?s=t

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