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o·dor

(ō'dŏr),
Volatile emanation from any substance that stimulates the olfactory receptor cells.
Synonym(s): scent
[L.]

scent

The smell of a thing or person. See Pseudoscent.

scent

a distinctive, agreeable odor. Animals secrete them from sweat and sebaceous glands and special scent glands. See also pheromone.

scent gland impaction
the secretion in the gland becomes inspissated and forms an irritating foreign body.
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After hearing the suspect accused of damaging his beloved BMW had skipped Britain for Australia he refused to be put off the scent.
But he was immediately put off the scent when he called at the villain's home and found his wife in black and a hearse pulling up at the door.
The referee failed to note the incident as he hadn't seen it but to be fair the GAA failed to be put off the scent and decreed that the Dublin player had a case to answer.