Definitions for olfactometerˌɒl fækˈtɒm ɪ tər, ˌoʊl-
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ol•fac•tom•e•terˌɒl fækˈtɒm ɪ tər, ˌoʊl-(n.)
a device for estimating the keenness of the sense of smell.
Origin of olfactometer:
A device used to measure the acuity of a person's sense of smell
A device used to measure odour intensity, and concentrations of volatile organic compounds, by means of their smell.
An olfactometer is an instrument used to detect and measure ambient odor dilution. Olfactometers are used in conjunction with human subjects in laboratory settings, most often in market research, to quantify and qualify human olfaction. Olfactometers are used to gauge the odor detection threshold of substances. To measure intensity, olfactometers introduce an odorous gas as a baseline against which other odors are compared. Many scientists use the term "olfactometer" to refer to a device used to study insect behavior in presence of an olfactory stimulus. It consists of a tube with a bifurcation where an insect walks and decides between two choices, usually clean air versus air carrying an odor. This is why this device is also called dual choice olfactometer. Alternatively, an olfactometer is a device used for producing aromas in a precise and controlled manner.
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