Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Saturday words: Anosmia and Ageusia

Anosmia, n.: inability to smell

Ageusia, n.: inability to taste

Both are Greek in origin

I'd seen "anosmia" before, but not "ageusia"--and here's where I came across it:

"The 50-year-old man was admitted to an emergency room with a temperature of 99.9°F (37.7°C). He reported two days of vertical diplopia, perioral paresthesias, and gait instability. His neurologic examination showed intact cognitive function and language.

Five days earlier he developed a cough, malaise, headache, low back pain, fever, anosmia, and ageusia."

(And here, two bonus words for you, "diplopia" is double vision, and "paresthesia" is numbness and/or tingling)

(Source: Two Rare Neurologic Conditions Linked to COVID-19, from Medscape)
Tags: a, greek, medical, wordsmith: med_cat

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