olfactory nerve

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olfactory

 [ol-fak´tŏ-re]
pertaining to smell.
olfactory nerve the first cranial nerve; it is purely sensory and is concerned with the sense of smell. The nerve cell bodies are situated in the olfactory area of the mucous membrane of the nose. The nerve fibers lead upward through openings in the ethmoid bone, connect with the cells of the olfactory bulb, and then pass inward to the cerebrum. See Appendix 2-5.

olfactory nerve

n.
Either of the first pair of cranial nerves that conduct impulses from the mucous membranes of the nose to the olfactory bulb.
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RIGHT OLFACTORY NERVE

olfactory nerve

A sensory nerve with neuronal cell bodies located in the olfactory epithelium (a yellowish-brown thickened patch of epithelium found along the upper back walls of the nasal cavity). Axons from the receptor cells join into approximately 20 small nonmyelinated bundles (the olfactory nerves). These nerves pass into the skull through holes in the cribriform plate of the ethmoid bone and terminate in the ipsilateral olfactory bulb in spherical synaptic structures called glomeruli.
Synonym: first cranial nerve See: cranial nerveillustration
See also: nerve